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September 13, 2016


Cowley College donates 658 pounds of meat to local food pantries


Cowley College donates 658 pounds of meat to local food pantriesFollowing the purchase of a steer during the Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fair Grounds on Aug. 1, Cowley College donated a total of 658 pounds of meat to Manna Ministries in Arkansas City and the Winfield Community Food Pantry on Monday.

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

“As fellow community members there are very few opportunities which bring more joy than providing food for our community when they are at points of need,” Cowley College president Dr. Dennis Rittle said.

Representatives from the college met with Lisa Palmer, director of Manna Ministries, to deliver the beef.

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.

Palmer is glad to have the college as a partner to the food pantry.

“We are always grateful to the College,” 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.

Following the delivery of the roast and hamburger meat to Manna Ministries, college representatives delivered the other half of the beef to the Winfield Community Food Pantry.

Representatives from the college met with Winfield Community Food Pantry volunteers Gayle Walker and Kim Pringle at the Grace United Church in Winfield.

“The kids that raise the steer benefit from the College’s purchase and now the community will benefit from the College’s generosity as well,” Walker said.

Phil Jarvis, Director of the Winfield Community Food Pantry, said there is a definite need for the beef. 

“The donation of the ground beef and roast will be very much appreciated by our clients,” Jarvis said. “This helps tremendously.”

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, which is located at 320 College Street, is staffed entirely by volunteers. 

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.

The meat was processed by Cedar Vale Locker.