Senators make friendly bet ahead of Oregon vs. Utah game

WASHINGTON DC – Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat, and Utah Senator Mike Lee, a Republican, made a friendly “bet” on Wednesday before Saturday’s Pac-12 football game between the Oregon Ducks 4 (9-1, 6-1) and the No. 24 Utah Utes (7-3, 6-1). The contest will begin at 4:30 p.m. PT in Salt Lake City.

Wednesday’s bet between the senators was a little different from normal bets in that both sides will pay regardless of who wins the match, and the real winners will be community members facing food insecurity in states and regions. local food banks.

According to a statement, Oregon Farmers Ending Hunger and the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) will donate 15,000 pounds of ground beef and more than 20,000 pounds of cheese and dairy products to the food bank. from Utah.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Food Bank and Food for Lane County in Oregon will receive 40,000 pounds of pork from Smithfield Foods in Utah.

“The Ducks are no strangers to winning crucial games on the road this season, so as a lifelong Oregon football fan dating back to my days at U of O law school, I have no doubt the Ducks’ march to the college football playoffs will continue Saturday in Salt Lake City,” Wyden said.

The Oregon senator added, “I look forward to another win from the Ducks. And I’m grateful that Farmers Ending Hunger and TCCA are once again showcasing the generosity of their community in this effort to fight hunger in Oregon and Utah.”

Lee actually attended the school of arch-rival Utah Brigham Young, but said he expected the home state Utes to upset an Oregon team that stayed at the Tuesday. No. 3 in the Top 25 College Football Playoffs.

“The Utes have had a hell of a season and are coming off a three-game winning streak,” Lee said. “Although a true BYU Blue Cougar myself, I’m confident the University of Utah will give the Ducks a hard time this weekend.”

Lee added: “I am grateful to my friend and colleague, Senator Wyden, and to the universities for joining this effort. I am also especially grateful to Smithfield Foods in Utah for making this game so interesting. by donating 80,000 pounds of protein to food banks in Utah and Oregon. What’s sure to be a good game will do a lot of good in our communities.”

Fred Ziari, chairman of the board of Farmers Ending Hunger, said the friendly bet was a good way to highlight the continued need to address food insecurity in Oregon and Utah and across the country.

“We at Farmers Ending Hunger are grateful to partner with Senator Wyden to donate Oregon-grown beef to Utah,” Ziari said. “More than anything, we appreciate the attention this brings to the hunger issues that have increased dramatically in our two states during the pandemic.”

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