Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 25, 2016
PHOTO BY: Sam Pierce

Pam Ray, food coordinator for the Churches Joint Council on Human Needs, helps stock some of the items at the food pantry in Benton. CJCOHN celebrated 40 years of service to Saline County on Sept. 18.

Enduring endeavor

Food pantry celebrates 40 years of service

More than 120 people, representing 14 churches, were present Sept. 18 to celebrate 40 years of service to the community by The Churches Joint Council on Human Needs, or CJCOHN, a food pantry for Saline County. “One of the great things is, we have never turned anyone away because of a shortage of food,” said Pam Ray, food coordinator for CJCOHN. “We can always make a run to the store and get more food. “So that is something I am really h... READ MORE


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