Charitable confusion

Cheney Community Service Council encourages churches, other groups to get involved with organization they started


Cases of food fill the storage area of the Cheney Food Bank. monthly meal, which is also held each September in Sutton Park to mark the end of summer.

About 70 years ago a group of Cheney pastors and residents realized they were doubling up on efforts to help those in need and decided to organize to do something about it.

And so, the Cheney Community Service Council was born with the desire to coordinate health, safety, welfare and education programs in the city and adjacent areas.

Former Cheney Food Bank director and current council treasurer John Matthews said that group started with only a checkbook and big hearts, listing $262 in donations and $150 in purchases of goods.

"They didn't have a building," Matthews said. "They just had a c...

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