How We Started.
Cattlemen Care is a non‐profit that was created because of our family’s desire to find a way to help get beef to people who can’t afford to buy it. When we started 1st grade at St. Andrews’ Episcopal, we were given plenty of opportunities to help provide food to those who needed it. We collected food for El Buen Samaritano and the Capital Area Food Bank, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Fishes and Loaves, and served food on Trinity Street.
These experiences taught us a lot. We learned how much people appreciate and need food donations. We saw people that did not have enough to eat and got a feel for what it might be like to be hungry. And, we found out that even kids can make a difference in whether someone got enough to eat. In 2007 after we helped St. Andrews collect over 20,000 containers of rice and beans, we started thinking about how happy people would be if they got meat as well as rice and beans. We came up with a plan to make it possible to donate beef to people who needed it. Basically, this is how Cattlemen Care came to be.
What We Have Done.
Since we started Cattlemen Care in July of 2008, we have donated tons of beef to help provide nutritious meals to the Children’s Shelter, the Settlement Home, the Boys & Girls Club, Posada Esperanza, Caritas, Trinity Center, the Settlement Home, Angel House, The Austin Children’s Shelter, and Casa Marianella. We have also spent many hours volunteering at some of the places we donate meat. Our friends from St. Andrews and Austin High have joined in our efforts. We cooked & served food at Trinity Center, we helped in the kitchen at Caritas & volunteered to help them at the Austin Marathon & collected food at their annual food drive, & we have cooked, served & spent many fun hours at the Boys& Girls Club. We believe that not only have we provided needed nourishment for the community but that our time spent with the people we feed is sometimes just as important.