Missing home-cooked meals is one of the downsides for college students venturing off on their own.
But a local ministry was on a mission this year to bring the comforts of home to California University of Pennsylvania students as they began their fall classes.
During the first week of classes, students were treated to homemade cookies, all prepared by volunteers at local churches. Greg McKim, pastor of the Crossroads Community Church in California, said the California Ministerium organized "Cookies for Cal U" with the Cal U student organization STAND, or Students Taking a New Direction.
McKim, and his wife, Debbie, started the program three years …