Co-op’s annual fundraiser for local food banks underway

Now in its 7th year, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Ribeye Raffle has raised $17,246 in cash and donated approximately 1,720 pounds of meat to area food banks. Tickets for this year’s raffle went on sale July 1.

The Co-op purchases stock during the yearly 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) Market Sale during the Northwest Montana Fair. Most of the meat goes to local food banks, except for the prime steak cuts, which are raffled off. The cash proceeds are also donated to local food banks.

The winners of the raffle take home approximately 60 one-inch premium t-bone and ribeye steaks, valued at over $500 per winner. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. They can be purchased through August 21, online at, at the Co-op’s Kalispell and Libby offices, and at the Co-op’s booth during the Northwest Montana Fair in August. Winners are announced August 23.