The Colorado Beef Council and the USO have again partnered on the "Operation BEEF UP Our Troops" campaign to supply high-quality U.S. beef jerky to troops overseas. More than $215,000 has been raised since the promotion launched in November 2004.

One of the items most requested by troops, beef jerky will continue to be included in Operation USO Care Packages distributed by the USO to service members in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas locations.

The campaign provides America's farming and ranching families the opportunity to say "thank you" to our men and women in uniform by making a monetary donation. Other individuals who want to show their support also are encouraged to donate to the program. Donations can be made by calling the USO's toll-free number at (877) USO-GIVE or logging onto In addition, donations can be mailed, noting "beef jerky" in the check memo, to: "BEEF UP Our Troops," "Operation USO Care Package," P.O. Box 8069, Topeka, KS 66608.

For individuals who donate by phone or mail, Beef Jerky will include this message: "Donated by America's farming and ranching families. We thank you for your service to our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you." Individuals who donate online can create a personal message of support that will be placed in the care packages.

The Colorado Beef Council has made its own monetary donation and will be working to help the USO to reach as many cattle producers as possible so all producers can have the opportunity to donate. The Colorado Beef Council also is writing letters to all state beef councils and state cattlemen's organizations, asking for their financial support of this program. For more information on "Operation BEEF UP Our Troops" or to download a form for mail- in donations, go to

Source: USO