Montana rancher creates platform for meat to be donated statewide
By Morgan Rose, The Prairie Star (ND)
Sep 14, 2020
Back in the spring of 2020 when COVID-19 had struck Montana hard, Matt Pierson wanted to help. As a cattle rancher himself, Pierson felt he could make a difference by finding a way to get fresh hamburger into local food pantries. His brainchild essentially exploded overnight, and within just a few days, local butchers were processing local beef into hamburger and Pierson himself was delivering the meat to food banks around Livingston, Mont.
Within a short period of time, Pierson could see he was in fact making a difference and he instantly knew he needed to take this idea to the next level. If Pierson and other local ranchers and meat processors could make such an impact on one Montana community, he could only imagine what could happen if meat could be donated statewide.
It turns out, despite the fact times are so turbulent, there are a lot of Montana producers who are primed and ready to make a difference. All it really took was for Pierson to think about taking his idea statewide. The effort has manifested on its own since then.
“This idea has absolutely just skyrocketed. I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting it’s been just to have people jumping on board,” Pierson said during a phone interview on Aug. 25.
Officially named “The Producer Partnership,” Pierson’s original idea now has a board of directors and a website. Additionally, the program has filed for 501(c) (3). After applying for and receiving a $25,000 grant from the state of Montana, it has since been a whirl-wind of growth for the project.
“The idea of helping people really just sells itself,” Pierson stated.
Pieces of the puzzle just kept rapidly falling into place...