Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined today with Eastern States Exposition (ESE) President and CEO Eugene Cassidy and Open Pantry Director Terry Maxey today as the ESE made a donation of 400 lbs. of premium beef from a prize 4-H steer to Springfield’s Open Pantry and Friends of the Homeless. Each organization will receive 200 lbs.
Mayor Sarno states, “I cannot thank ESE President and CEO Gene Cassidy and the Eastern States Exposition enough for their very generous and thoughtful donation to our Friends of the Homeless and Open Pantry. This much-needed top quality beef donation will go a long way in helping those in need and I am very grateful for the partnerships and friendships we have developed to keep this heartwarming and uplifting tradition going.”
Eastern States Exposition President and CEO Gene Cassidy said the donation of premium 4-H beef will help feed the hungry in the community, and draws attention to the importance of farmers and production livestock in our daily lives. “The Exposition’s 4-H agriculture programs support youth and the 4-H Beef Sale rewards the hard work of young, aspiring agriculturists who will be our future food producers. It is our privilege to support 4-H and provide this donation at an important time of year.”