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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

Fiscal Year 2013/2014 CCCC Stats

Food Bank
CCCC's Food Bank distributed 18,657 food boxes. That was enough food to feed 65,231 individuals for at least 3 days (11,817 unique individuals).  We received 983,580 pounds of donated food from various partners.
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Family Resource Center
10,637 hours of instruction and services were provided to children and adults through our Family Resource Center Programming.
1,619 individuals were beneficiaries of SNAP and AHCCCS dollars.
I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) provided 1,683 bed nights to 182 unduplicated individuals. 
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Community Action Program
Our Community Action Program provided supportive services, case management, referrals and financial assistance to over 13,031 community members, preventing 2,361 utility disconnects and 380 evictions totaling $1,268,822. 
Our VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, prepared 198 returns, recovering $244,468 in federal refunds and $40,600 in state refunds. 
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Senior Centers
The Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers provided 33,626 meals at their respective locations and 35,228 home delivered meals to homebound seniors. A total of 68,854 meals were provided to 1,182 individuals!
The center disbursed 71,737 tickets for transportation to and from the centers where 1,083 senior activities and classes were provided with a total 20,905 participants. 
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Events
Through collaboration with the City of Chandler and other area organizations, we assisted over 3,200 children with backpacks, school supplies and clothing for Back to School in 2013.
 
Over 1,400 children participated in Operation Santa in 2013 and received toys, books, candy, and more. 
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Volunteers
CCCC would not be able to serve those in need without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers. Last fiscal year 1,441 unique individuals volunteered at CCCC (including the Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers) giving a total of 33,977 volunteer hours. There were 1,039 individuals who participated in group projects from area businesses, organizations, and faith based communities. Many thanks to all who help us fulfill our mission!