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.
- Ventura FOOD Share chief Bonnie Weigel (source)