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August 26, 2010

Cowley College donates 723 pounds of beef to Winfield Food Pantry


Food PantryFollowing the purchase of a champion Angus steer during the Cowley County Fair 4-H Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fairgrounds on Aug. 2, Cowley College donated 723 pounds of beef to the Winfield Community Food Pantry.

Representatives from the college met with Nancy Tredway, Director of the Winfield Community Food Pantry, Wednesday at the Grace United Church in Winfield, to deliver the beef.

“We are very grateful to the college for this donation,” Tredway said. “We typically do not have meat to give to our clients, so this was a wonderful donation.”

The Winfield Community Food Pantry is dedicated to assisting the people in northern Cowley County who are in need with quality service, useable food items, and a nurturing and caring atmosphere.

The Pantry is housed in the basement of Grace United Church and pays no rent or utilities. The Pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers.  In 2009, volunteers donated over 1,580 hours. While, the pantry provided help to 1,554 families totaling 5,924 people.

Cowley College president, Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, was happy to make this contribution to the Food Pantry on behalf of the college.

“We wanted to support all of Cowley County in general and by giving the meat to the Food Pantry we can benefit those in need,” Dr. McAtee said.

Nancy’s husband, Richard, was a long time instructor at the college. Mr. Tredway spent portions of four decades at Cowley prior to his retirement on May 7, 1996.

Mr. Tredway served as an agriculture instructor, Business and Service Technology Division chairman, and interim dean of instruction. He was a Master Teacher Award recipient from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in 1991.

Beef DonationFamilies coming to the Food Pantry must complete a referral form, have proof of a Winfield area address and meet the income guidelines. Eligible families are given staple items and vouchers to use for fresh food at a local grocery.

The need for food increases yearly and this organization depends entirely on donations of food and money from individuals, churches, clubs, United Way and service organizations.

You can help by donating money or food to the Pantry.

Food items that are needed are canned fruits and vegetables, dry cereal, peanut butter; tuna, canned meat items, instant mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, complete pancake mix and syrup  Personal care items such as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and bar soap are always welcome.

The Winfield Community Food Pantry is located at 320 College Street. The Pantry is open from 8:30-11 a.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact 620-221-2183.