CTSFW

Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

CTSFW

Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Food and Clothing Co-op

General Information

The Co-op is available to students enrolled in classes leading to ordination in the holy ministry or certifications as a deaconess. Food, clothing, and household items are available at no cost to the students. Students register and volunteer time for the privilege of use. All monetary gifts given to the Co-op for food items are restricted to the purchase of grocery items on the shelves of the Food Co-op. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Deaconess Katherine Rittner, Director of the Food and Clothing Co-op at 260-452-2168.

Co-op Hours

The Food Co-op is staffed and open from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Clothing Co-op is staffed and open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon when classes are in session.

Facilities

There are two facilities on the campus housing the Co-op.

The Food Co-op is located in the lower level of the student commons. It is set up with shelves, freezers and coolers to hold the perishable and non- perishable items. Paper products, cleaning supplies and diapers may also be available. The Food Co-op follows the guidelines of the Allen County, Indiana Board of Health as required for our permit to operate. This guarantees the proper storage and display of the food items. Many students report that 75 percent to 85 percent of their grocery needs are met at this facility. Students may shop one day per week.

The Clothing Co-op is located in Spiegel Hall, which is a former dormitory building on the north side of the campus. Men’s women’s, and children’s clothing plus household items, including furniture and appliances can be available. Students shop at their own discretion for their family needs. No money or vouchers of any kind are needed. Students may shop six days per week in this facility.

Services

  • Over the Counter medications are available.
  • School supplies as available in August each year.
  • Layettes of new baby items are given to each family that has an infant born to them.
  • Donated gift cards are distributed at Christmas to students.
  • A handmade quilt, given by quilting groups from around Synod at Christmas.

The Co-op relies solely on the generous donations of individuals, congregations and organizations. Most students live on a very limited income while preparing to serve the Church. These facilities are truly a blessing to the students and their family members.

Clothing Co-op Need

The Clothing Co-op accepts gently used and new (with the tag) items of clothing, housewares, microwaves, small kitchen appliances, dishes, knick-knacks, furniture, and other items. We strive to meet the needs of our students and their families during their time at CTSFW at no cost to them. If it is something you would want to see on your pastor and his family, bring it to us. We are unable to accept TV’s, computer towers, laptops or tablets.
As a gift to our students who welcome a new baby, the Clothing Co-op gifts a layette box with new items of items size Newborn to 4T. Onesies, socks, bottles, baby books, rattles, toys, stuffed animals, snow suits, holiday outfits, hair bows, shorts, shirts, pants, dresses, etc. In addition, each baby received a handmade quilt and at times hand crocheted blankets, sweaters, hats and booties or car seat covers.

Food Co-op Need Ideas

The needs of the Food Co-op changes from week-to-week. Below is a non-inclusive list of needs and ideas for our shelves:

Breakfast Bag
Suggestions:
Cereal
Oatmeal
Pop Tarts
Breakfast Bars
Hot Chocolate
Juice
Muffin Mix
Pancake Mix
Syrup
Coffee/Tea
Canned Fruits
Applesauce

Sauces Bag
Suggestions:
Ketchup
Mustard
Mayo
BBQ Sauce
Soy Sauce
Worcestershire Sauce
Salad Dressing
Hot Sauce
Pancake Syrup

Dinner Bag
Suggestions:
Spaghetti Sauce
Pasta
Canned Fruits
Tuna
Sloppy Joe Sauce
Taco Meals
Refried Beans
Oriental Dinners
Boxed Meals
Canned Tomatoes
Rice
Macaroni & Cheese
Chili Mixes
Kidney Beans
Garbanzo Beans

Laundry Bag
Suggestions:
Liquid Laundry Detergent
Laundry Pods
(Regular/Free & Clear)
Fabric Softener
Bleach
Non-chlorine Bleach
Dryer Sheets
(Regular/Free & Clear)
Stain Pre-treat
Spray Starch

Baking Bag
Suggestions:
Aluminum Foil
Plastic Wrap
Cake Mixes
Icing
Brownie Mix
Cupcake wrappers
Non-stick Cooking Spray
Vegetable Oil
Sugar
Flour
Brown Sugar
Salt/Pepper
Seasoning (Garlic, Italian, etc)
Bread Crumbs
Corn Starch
Karo Syrup

Cleaning Supplies
Suggestions:
Paper Towels
Rubber Gloves
Trash Bags
Pine Cleaner
Bleach
Furniture Polish
Window Cleaner
Powder Cleaner (Comet)
Scouring Pads
Liquid Dish Soap
Dishwasher Pods

Lunch Box Bag
Suggestions:
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Ziplock Bags
Canned Soups
Canned Pasta Meals
Fruit Cups
Crackers
Tuna
Snack Sized Snacks
Applesauce
Raisins
Pudding Cups

Snack-time Bag
Suggestions:
Goldfish
Snack size Chips
Graham Crackers
Fruit Snacks
Pretzels
Nilla Wafers
Cheese-its
Tortilla Chips
Salsa
Chips
Chip Dip
Applesauce

Baby Bag
Suggestions:
Diapers
Baby Formula
Q-Tips/Cotton Balls
Tear Free Shampoo
Tear Free Baby Bath
Ointment (A&D, Desitin)
Juice
Baby Cereal
Baby Food
Wet Wipes
Nursing Pads

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