The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) is pleased to announce support from the Stephenson/Winnebago County Beef Association, which has donated beef sticks for blood donors to enjoy in honor of National Beef Month.

Beef Month spotlights the U.S. beef industry and those who play integral roles – from farmers to processors. Beef is an excellent source of protein and supplies 10 essential nutrients, including B-vitamins, zinc, and iron that support an active and healthy lifestyle. The nutrients in beef provide our bodies with the strength to thrive throughout all stages of life.

The snacks will be available while supplies last for individuals at the Freeport Donor Center, 461 E. South St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (May 14).

Community members are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate blood if they never have before, and return donors are encouraged to ask friends and family who have never donated before to give blood in support of RRVBC’s initiative to recruit 7,000 new donors in 2023 to fill the local blood supply in honor of the organization’s 70th anniversary.

Donors can make appointments online at or by calling 815-965-8751. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

First-time donors should bring a photo ID. Individuals can donate a single unit (whole blood donation, the most common type) every 56 days. Students can donate once they turn 16 years of age and must have signed parental consent.