A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Maneuvering through downtown Manchester with tractor-trailer trucks blocking intersections, emergency vehicles parting the sea of frustrated morning commuters and trying to see through a steamy windshield made me especially appreciative to finally land in my office. Slightly damp and disheveled, I opened my inbox to see that an email had gone out to MACC staff and supporters last Friday- I felt compelled to share it with you.

Last Thursday, we had 44 families shop at our pantry. Of those families, 7 were new to MACC. This is not a new trend; pantry usage has been on a steady incline for a while now and it is not showing any signs of slowing. Of course, we are as committed as we have ever been to meeting the emergency needs in the Manchester area, but without your continual support, our shelves end up looking like this:


Thankfully, our pantry received a generous donation that day from a local Boy Scout group which allowed us to re-stock. However, it is a timely reminder that this is the time of year where it is easy to forget the needs in our community.

The reality for many people is that kids are on school vacation, childcare costs are high and gas is up. The household budget- especially for fixed incomes- simply cannot meet all of the demands. The food budget is often what takes the cut in these cases.

Vacation plans take us away from the hustle of life and the warm weather beckons us to play in the parks and relish in the parade of barbecues. The greenery starts to fill in and soon the world is awash with colors and it’s easy to forget that there are still people who are going to bed hungry in our community.

We ask that you continue to join with us. Here’s how you can have an impact:

  • Donate food (cereal, canned meats, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, canned veggies and fruits, soup, healthly snacks, condiments)
  • Donate goods (toilet tissue, paper towels, diapers, laundry detergent, feminine products, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, dish soap)
  • Monthly giving: $50/month feeds an entire family though any monthly commitment helps a great deal and will never go to waste. You can donate here.

For more information on the food pantry, contact Dale Doll at 860-288-4251.

To set up a time to serve, contact Jacki Campion at 860-288-4256 or Nathan Oldham 860-942-4549.

Thank you for your continual support and for joining us in our mission to meet basic emergency needs in our community.


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