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September 5, 2014

Cowley College donates 759 pounds of meat to local food pantries


winfield food pantryFollowing the purchase of a Limousin steer during the Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fair Grounds on Aug. 4, Cowley College donated a total of 759 pounds of meat to the Winfield Community Food Pantry and Manna Ministries in Arkansas City on Friday.

The College began purchasing cattle from local 4-H members and donating the beef to local food pantries in 2010.

“The college appreciates the opportunity to support area youth and to be able to give back to the community,” Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch said.

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

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.

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, which is located at 320 College Street, had volunteers give over 2,200 hours of service time over the last year.

As of Sept. 1, 2014, there were 817 more people in need of assistance through the food bank than as of Sept. 1, 2013.

“The need is ever increasing,” Tredway said. “Our families often times don’t get this quality of meat, so for this gift we are very grateful.”

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.

ark city manna ministriesFollowing the delivery of the roast and hamburger meat to the Winfield Community Food Pantry, college representatives delivered the other half of the 759 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.

Lisa Palmer, director of Manna Ministries, is glad to have the college as a partner to the food pantry.

“We are extremely grateful the college was willing to have the beef divided up amongst the food pantries in Cowley County,” Palmer said. “This will provide meat for all of our families for the next coming month.”

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.