Blood donors can enjoy beef sticks during the month of May thanks to a donation from the Stephenson/Winnebago County Beef Association in honor of National Beef Month.

Beef Month spotlights the U.S. beef industry and those who play integral roles – from farmers to processors – in the process. 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).

Blood donation appointments can be made online at, on the myRRVBC app, or by calling 815-965-8751. If you’re a first-time donor, please bring a photo ID. You can donate whole blood every 56 days.