For many years now, the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation (WCF) has supported the local nonprofit community by purchasing livestock sold at the Junior Livestock Auctions held during the county fairs. All animals purchased are processed and the meat is donated to the communities’ food banks, where it is then distributed free-of-charge to local nonprofit organizations. This high-quality, locally grown protein is used to feed thousands of individuals and families served by these nonprofit agencies. In addition, the 4-H, FFA, and Grange youth are able to recoup the cost of raising their animals and make a reasonable profit, which many kids save to be used towards college or purchasing an animal to raise the following year.
In general, the WCF only bids on the following market animals at auction:
• Steers (Market Beef)
Currently, the Foundation purchases animals at the Junior Livestock Auctions held during the following:
• Santa Barbara County Fair
• Ventura County Fair
• Mid-State Fair
• Kern County Fair
The WCF is not accepting invitations to participate in any additional fairs.
Note on Animals
Despite many requests, the WCF does not purchase animals that are not sold during the fairs’ live auctions.
"My mission at [high school] is to provide our students with educational opportunities that they normally would not have and ultimately teach them life skills that will allow them to be successful as community members. With your support of their livestock projects we have an energized FFA chapter that is now competing at the highest levels in our FFA section and region. We are enjoying all-time high participation in speech contest, supervised agriculture projects, leadership training, and last year 18 of our seniors received their State FFA degree, all in part to your contributions at the Fair."
"Your help towards organizations like ours is what allows us to continue to do what we enjoy like raising livestock. Throughout my four years of showing you have helped me by purchasing my pigs. The money that I will received will be invested into my educational pursuit at Cal Poly University. I will be majoring in crop science in hopes to become a pest control advisor."
"I plan on saving half of the money I earned for college and the other half will be used towards buying an animal for next year's fair. I learned so much about myself, my goat, and the discipline and responsibility that goes along with showing a goat. I also made some new friends."
"Being in 4H I have learned the importance of having a good work ethic, leadership skills, and how to work with others."
Thank you for buying my pig. I did some research and your family has gone through a lot of tough times and I have been through similar situations with hunger and shelter. I am in a much better place now with my aunt...Again, thank you for supporting so many kids through your foundation. I hope that someday I can help others too.
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"This is a triple bottom line. The kids count on these dollars for college. Second, the community comes together by donating the animals to FOOD Share. And the meat goes right into the homes of hungry families everywhere in the county."
- Ventura FOOD Share chief Bonnie Weigel (source)