Arkansas City students can receive an abundance of help from the community in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Local resources are available for school supplies, shoes, socks and even health care.


Backpacks

Beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church, there will be a backpack blowout.

Pre-kindergarten students will receive a backpack, while supplies will be given to the schools.

Kindergartners, and first-graders through fifth-graders, will receive a backpack stuffed with appropriate grade-level supplies.

There will be refreshments and activities at the church while the backpacks are distributed.

Local first-graders will be given backpacks when they return to school this fall, thanks to the Golden State Foods Foundation and the United Stationers Foundation.


Shoes and socks

First United Methodist Church is offering shoe vouchers for USD 470 students who apply while supplies are available. The application may be redeemed for a shoe voucher, worth $20 at Walmart in Arkansas City only, from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 7. The voucher only is good for one pair of shoes.

Applications can be turned in to the church office after Aug. 7, anytime from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

First United Methodist Church also is offering sock vouchers.


Meals

Ark City Meal Ministries offers free evening meals to those in need. The schedule is:

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday — Agape Fruits, Calvary Chapel, 1001 S. Third St.
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday — In His Name, Northside Baptist Church, 500 N. Fifth St.
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday — Five Loaves, First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. First St.
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday — SHARE Meal, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 220 E. Washington Ave.
  • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday — Shepherd’s Table, Shepherd’s Grace Church, 1125 S. Summit St.

Supplies

For commodities distribution, Cowley College’s ACES Club is offering basic hygiene products, laundry detergent and soaps.

Club members’ distributions are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cowley College Recreation Center, on the following dates:

  • Jan. 30
  • Feb. 27
  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 23
  • Aug. 27
  • Sept. 17
  • Oct. 22
  • Nov. 19
  • Dec. 17

Health care

Affordable health care can be found through the Cowley County Community Health Center, located at 221 W. Eighth Ave. in Winfield.

All forms of health insurance are accepted by the facility. There are fee discounts available to those who qualify.

The Community Health Center provides primary medical care, family practice, immunizations, oral health and behavioral health.