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Cheney's 'interim' food bank director retires

John Matthews serves 25 years as volunteer, 18 years as head of local outreach organization


December 7, 2017

John McCallum

Former Cheney Food Bank director and long-time volunteer John Matthews entices a customer to select a frozen food treat as fellow volunteer Jerry Stewart waits with an open bag.

It's a chilly Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, at the Cheney Food Bank, and volunteers John Matthews and Jerry Stewart have just finished loading 3–4 pre-bagged sacks of groceries into a cart for a young couple, who stand nearby on the other side of a short, small counter. The sacks contain many items, including dry and bakery goods, fresh fruit and vegetables.

The woman finishes signing a ledger on the counter, at which point Matthews retreats to a tall row of shelves on the right side of the counter that run back to near the rear of the middle of the room. Turning to the woman, he asks some...

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