SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2 officials might have found the right receipt to help the school district’s lunch program provide fresher and healthier choices, with a new “Ranch to School” program netting 17 beef cattle donated or purchased at a discount.
SCSD2 officials announced the new initiative in April, with the goal of working with local ranchers to help supply some of the 9,000 pounds of ground beef used by the school district each year, with participating ranchers being asked to either donate a cull cow or SCSD2 buying cattle for 60 cents per pound or less.
According to district officials, 18 cattle would help provide the 1,000 pounds of beef used each month by SCSD2 in its meal program. And, at the district’s board of trustee meeting Monday, Cyndi Magee, human resources director, said the district had already received a commitment for 17 animals.
“We’re so happy,” Magee said. “This allows us to give our students healthier meals. It also allows us to educate our students.”
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