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August 27, 2012


Cowley College donates 940 pounds of meat to local food pantries

Following the purchase of a blue ribbon Angus steer from Kasey Biddle of Burden during the Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fair Grounds on Aug. 6, Cowley College donated a total of 940 pounds of beef to the Winfield Community Food Pantry and Manna Ministries in Arkansas City.

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

“We are grateful to the college for this donation and are delighted to have fresh meat to give,” Tredway said.

The Winfield Community Food Pantry is dedicated to assisting the people in northern Cowley County who are in need of 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. The Pantry has served more than 4,700 people this year and is located at 320 College Street.

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.

Families 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 Pantry is open from 8:30-11 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Following the delivery of the roast and hamburger meat to the Winfield Community Food Pantry, college representatives delivered the other half of the 940 pounds of beef to Manna Ministries in Arkansas City.
Manna Ministries is a faith based food pantry housed at the First Baptist Church, located at A Street and Central. They welcome all donations and hold a distribution on the last Saturday of each month. The food pantry continues to grow as they service the southern half of Cowley County.

Harriet Locke, director of Manna Ministries, is glad to have the college as a partner to the food pantry.
“We appreciate it so much because it is such good meat,” Locke said.

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

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

Entrance to Manna Ministries is thru the north parking lot of First Baptist Church on Chestnut Avenue. Families will need to bring picture ID, proof of income, and proof of residence in order to receive the packaged beef.

The meat was processed by Cedar Vale Locker.