Where’s the Beef? Donation Serves as Educational Component to Culinary Training Program

Dr Phillips steer donation with Whole Foods butchersDr. Phillips Charities recently donated fresh beef in the form of two half-steer segments to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, after purchasing them at the Central Florida Fair Market Auction to support Future Farmers of America and 4-H students. In total, four steers were donated out to four local non-profit organizations: Second Harvest Food Bank, Edgewood Children’s Ranch, Harbor House, and House of Hope.

The donation served as an educational component to Second Harvest’s 14-week Culinary Training Program, which provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.

IMG_7404“We’re inspired every day by all that Second Harvest does for the community,” said Ken Robinson, president of Dr. Phillips Charities. “When I learned about the organization’s culinary training program, I knew it would be truly deserving of this unique donation.”

During the lesson, Whole Foods butchers, Charles Brumbaugh, Ashley Tapanes, and Tony Carrino taught our Culinary Training Students the proper way to break down the steer into different cuts, prepare, and package the meat.

“This donation served as a valuable source of food for our community – and an invaluable source of education for our students,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “We’ve very grateful to Dr. Phillips Charities, the butchers of Whole Foods, and all who helped to make this a unique learning experience for our students.”

Dr Phillips steer donation with Whole Foods butchers

About Dr. Phillips Charities

Once the largest citrus producer in the world, Dr. Philip Phillips left a legacy that has spanned several generations, culminating in the establishment of Dr. Phillips Charities, comprised of The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation and Dr. Phillips, Inc. These two distinct funding organizations are well known in Central Florida for their grant support to worthy capital projects and innovative programs of charities that address critical community needs, demonstrate the potential for ongoing community support, and have a significant, lasting benefit to the community. Dr. Phillips Charities has provided more than $170 million to arts, education, health and family-strengthening organizations that are making our community stronger.  More information can be found at www.drphillips.org.



Author: Maria Shanley

Senior Digital Marketing Manager Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

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