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September 7, 2017

Cowley College donates nearly 500 pounds of meat to local food pantries

Following the purchase of a steer during the Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fair Grounds on Aug. 7, Cowley College donated close to 500 pounds of meat to Manna Ministries in Arkansas City and the Winfield Community Food Pantry on Wednesday.

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

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with these community organizations and distribute food to those in need,” Cowley College president Dr. Dennis Rittle said.

Representatives from the college met with Winfield Community Food Pantry volunteers Margaret Cox and Mari Wallrabenstein at the Grace United Church in Winfield. Phil Jarvis, Director of the Winfield Community Food Pantry, said there is a definite need for the beef.

“The need is not decreasing. Through the efforts of businesses and institutions such as Cowley College we are able to feed people in Cowley County that need the food,” Jarvis 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, 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.

Following the delivery of the beef minute steak, beef ribeye steak, and ground beef to the Winfield Community Food Pantry, representatives from the college met with Lisa Longshore, director of 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 third Saturday of each month. The food pantry continues to grow as they service the southern half of Cowley County.

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

“We are always very grateful to Cowley College for helping those in the community in need,” Longshore 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.

“We appreciate it so much for Cowley College to do this for the Winfield Community Food Pantry and Manna Ministries,” Jarvis said. “This helps tremendously.”

The meat was processed by Stroot Lockers in Mulvane.