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Our History

OUR HISTORY

The Chandler Christian Community Center was organized in 1966 for the purpose of providing assistance to those who were in need. The center has provided emergency food to the needy of this community. The numbers have increased dramatically over the years. Today it remains the largest charitable Food Bank organization in the community, providing food to the low income and homeless in the area.

  • On November 6, 1966 CCCC was dedicated by Governor Sam Goddard, Mayor George Nader and other community members.

  • CCCC was incorporated as a 501(c) 3nonprofit in January, 1968

  • In 1969, volunteers picked up groceries from the local Basha’s grocery store along with beans and flour from the Tempe Flour Mill.

  • In 1976 the California Street Baptist Church donated its property at 345 S. California Street and the CCCC moved to this location.  Mrs. Al Barnes, owner of the Chandler Arizonan, local newspaper, at that time, provided funds for the purchase of the building.

  • In 1990, United Way became a partner

  • 25th Anniversary Celebration in 1991

  • In 1996 CCCC obtained its first walk in refrigerator/freezer.

  • In 1996, 17,000 people provided food boxes. In 2012, 50,000 provided food boxes.

  • 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2006

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Arizona Tax Credit

State taxpayers who contribute to CCCC can receive a dollar for dollar tax credit through the Working Poor Tax Credit. Couples filing jointly can receive up to $400 back and single taxpayers can receive up to $200. Make your donation by December 31st each year.

By The Numbers

Food Bank
In the last fiscal year (2012/2013), CCCC Food Bank distributed 16,863 food boxes. That was enough food to feed 55,235 individuals for at least 3 days!


Family Resource Center
-- $275.000 SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) dollars were utilized to supplement family’s nutrition.

-- 812 individuals were beneficiaries of SNAP and AHCCCS (Arizona Care Cost Containment System) dollars.

-- 8,612 hours of instruction and services was provided to 3-5 year olds through our Early Literacy and Family Programming.

-- In the last 6 months I-Help (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) has provided 606 bed nights to 79 unduplicated individuals.


Community Action Program
Last year, our Community Action Program provided supportive services, case management, referrals and financial assistance to over 9,500 community members, preventing 1,679 utility disconnects and 249 evictions.

Our VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, prepared 257 returns, recoving $300.402.00 in federal refunds and $83,334.00 in state refunds.


Senior Centers
The Chandler and Gilbert senior centers provided 29,984 meals at their respective locations and 31, 520 home delivered meals to homebound seniors. A total of 61,513 meals!

The center disbursed 54,244 tickets for transportation to and from the centers where 1,135 senior activities and classes were provided with a total 20,913 participants.


Events
We assisted over 3,200 children in our 2013 Back to School Program with backpacks, school supplies and clothing through collaboration with the city of Chandler and other area organizations.

Over 2000 children participated in Operation Santa in 2012 and received toys, books, candy, and more.


Volunteers
Although we have awesome staff members who ensure operations are running smoothly and moving forward CCCC would not be able to serve those in need without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers. Last fiscal year 1,572 unique individuals volunteered at CCCC (including the Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers) giving a total of 32,598 volunteer hours. 808 came in the form of group members from area businesses, organizations, and faith based communities. Many thanks to all who help us fulfill our mission!