Jr. livestock hog and steer feed seniors in need
Nine-year-old Cooper Ostello of Fulton took care of his hog, early morning and after school every day for months, feeding, cleaning and working with it for showing in the Sonoma County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction. Ostello learned about raising pigs throughout the process, but would also become a part of a bigger cycle.
On auction day, August 1, dressed in his pristine white pants and shirt, and green tie, Ostello and his hog became part of the cycle of feeding Sonoma County Seniors when Stacey Biagi-Monk, a friend of Laura Colgate, director of Senior Nutrition Services for the Council on Aging, and Biagi Bros. trucking company, bought his 255-pound hog to donate to the Council’s Meals On Wheels program.
The Meals on Wheels program provides 285,000 meals to Sonoma County seniors annually. The donation by Biagi Bros. will provide locally raised and butchered pork for more than 500 senior meals, according to Colgate in a Council on Aging press release.
The program also received a donation of a 1295-pound steer from the Junior Livestock Auction, raised by Gage Anderson of Evergreen 4H, and purchased and donated by Wine Industry Compliance Services, which will provide the beef for more than 1200 senior meals.
In the Council’s press release, Melissa Prentice, who purchased the steer for her company, said, “I love to help the kids with their projects and I really love knowing the seniors are getting a well-fed and cared for product.”