During the Christmas season of 1972, two churches joined in an effort to make the season happier for less fortunate neighbors. They began a food pantry supported by donations from their congregations.
To better serve these families, and have the ability to offer additional services, other churches were invited to join in a more comprehensive service system in the Hickman Mills area.
In 1974, Community Assistance Council was formed by this coalition of churches in the belief that by working together, they could better serve their community. Then, in 1976, CAC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit.
Today, CAC serves thousands of individuals in south Kansas City every year, and offers a wide array of services to help individuals and families reach self-sufficiency, In addition to churches, support from CAC now also includes foundations, businesses, government entities, as well as numerous individual community members.