Cowley College students donate to Hurricane Harvey victims

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Students in Cowley College’s Student Affairs, Student Senate and Academic Civic Engagement through Service (ACES) organizations recently gathered items for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The items were dropped off at Factory Connection in Arkansas City, where they were picked up to be delivered to those affected by the storm.

Cowley College also donated close to 500 pounds of meat Sept. 6 to Manna Ministries in Arkansas City and the Winfield Community Food Pantry.

The meat came from the purchase of a steer during the Cowley County Fair 4-H and FFA Market Livestock Auction on Aug. 7 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. 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,” said Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.

Cowley College donates meat

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FROM LEFT: Cowley College President Dennis Rittle, Margaret Cox and Mari Wallrabenstein.

Representatives from the college met with Winfield Community Food Pantry volunteers Margaret Cox and Mari Wallrabenstein at Grace United Methodist 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,” Jarvis said. “Through the efforts of businesses and institutions such as Cowley College, we are able to feed people in Cowley County that need the food.”

The Winfield Community Food Pantry is dedicated to assisting the people in northern Cowley County who are in need of quality service, usable food items, and a nurturing and caring atmosphere.

The pantry is housed in the basement of Grace United Methodist Church, located at 320 College St. in Winfield, and pays no rent or utilities. It 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 store.

The Winfield Community Food Pantry is open from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Cowley College donates meat

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FROM LEFT: Terry McClure, Lisa Longshore, Linda Moritz and Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.

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 First Baptist Church, located at A Street and Central Avenue. It welcomes all donations and holds a distribution on the third Saturday of each month. The food pantry continues to grow as it serves the southern half of Cowley County.

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

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

Entrance to Manna Ministries is through the north parking lot of First Baptist Church, off Chestnut Avenue.

Families will need to bring picture identification, 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.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.