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September 19,   2013


Cowley College donates 1,600 pounds of meat to local food pantries

Following the purchase of a pair of Reserve Champion cattle during the Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fair Grounds on Aug. 5, Cowley College donated a total of 1,600 pounds of beef to the Winfield Community Food Pantry and Manna Ministries in Arkansas City on Thursday.

MannaManna 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, attended Arkansas City Junior College (now Cowley College) in the 1950’s and her husband, Wes, graduated from the school in 1957. The couple are glad to have the college as a partner to the food pantry.

“This is wonderful of the College because these individuals hardly ever get fresh meat,” Locke 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.

Following the delivery of the roast and hamburger meat to Manna Ministries in Arkansas City, college representatives delivered the other half of the 1,600 pounds of beef to the Winfield Community Food Pantry.

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

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 5,300 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.

“We are delighted to have this meat donation to give to our clients,” Tredway said. “They will be thrilled.”

Cowley College president, Clark Williams, was happy to make this contribution to the Food Pantry’s on behalf of the College.

“This is one of the ways the College can give back to the community and at the same time provide support to the 4-H program,” president Williams said. “It gives me great pleasure to have this donation benefit the community.”

The meat was processed by Cedar Vale Locker.