Skyline accepts food donations to cut education costs

PRATT, Kan. (KSNW) — Kansas schools have been seriously impacted by budget cuts. Many looking for ways to cut education costs while still providing a quality education.

However, a school in central Kansas has gotten a bit creative in this tough time.

Grazing cattle are now part of an effort to cut education costs.

At Skyline School in Pratt, local farmers are donating beef to the school to be used for student lunches.

“Ranchers’ money is standing in the lot and this is a way for them to take their cash that’s standing in the lot and actually give it to the school,” said Skyline Foundation president, Lisa Befort. “Then the school can spend less money on meals and other areas as well.”

According to Skyline officials, the school gets around $66,000 from federal sources for school lunches. That’s supplemented with about $1,600 from the state.

The school has already received two donations, which gave them an extra $3,500 to use for educational purposes.

All donations have to be properly processed:

“Everything is done by regulation. There’s no worry of anything because it is actually processed at USDA plant and brought right here,” said Befort.

She said she believes it’s a great way to highlight the importance of agriculture in the community.

“We have a lot of giving patrons that are wanting to help the school, and you know, what’s better than having fresh beef on the table,” Befort said.

Pork donations can also be made, but those too, have to meet USDA  regulations. If you would like to donate, you can call Skyline and they will help you with the donation process.

Donating locally grown foods to a school district  is part of the state’s farm to school initiative.