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The MACC Minute 2020 Recap.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

News from MACC Charities Food Pantry  

Recap of the Pantry year.
As 2021 approaches, hopes of normalcy returning is in our thoughts, Looking back on the ever evolving changes that were required in the pantry, I now see safety protocols set and followed, food safely served to households, and the goal to keep food in the homes of those who depend on our food services, met.

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

Renew was to Resume. COVID 19 interrupted MACC Charities work just as it did everyone else’s work in March of 2020, but it did not close our operation. The interruption served as an opportunity to renew our thinking of the mission and purpose of MACC. Renewed thinking helped staff and volunteers develop new and safer delivery methods to our guests.


Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

Word of the year is REGROUP. Although we have this image in our mind of exactly how life is supposed to be, for many reasons, plans often derail. The pandemic of 2020 certainly derailed everyone’s plans as it unleashed it fury, forcing us to stop to regroup. The world’s attitude toward the regroup process will determine our success or failure.


Chef Ferdinand Cruz

MACC’s Community Kitchen

Reset the table please is a good analogy to what happened in our community kitchen in the shadows of the 2020 pandemic. We did not clear the table when we could no longer prepare a hot noontime meal for our guests; we moved our comfort food to a bagged lunch venue and kept serving lunch to 200+ guests per day.

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

Goodbye 2020, thank you for the lessons learned and for the new normal, we have experienced. We had to collectively slowdown, which overall made us kinder and more grateful.
Words and phrases that Resonate with the MACC 2020 experience:
  • Reflect on experiences
  • Recap of services
  • Regroup thoughts
  • Renew safety protocols
  • Reset values
  • Required Face Masks and gloves
  • Abundance amidst loss

Mark Nadeau

Outreach Case Worker

It is good to reflect on any year, but especially on 2020, because most of us agree it was an overall bad experience. The bright moments that pierced the darkness caused by COVID 19 were seen in homeless people who found housing, individuals struggling with addictions who entered treatment facilities and the new partnerships in the community that were made. 

Luke Greika

Bistro On Main

My homemade salsa is sure to lift your spirits after a different, busy or stressful holiday season. The recipe is easy, quick and fun to make. So, find a good movie, put your feet up and enjoy. May this treat “brighten up” your day as you reflect on what happened in 2020 and look ahead to better days in 2021.



Chef Luke’s Salsa Recipe

Makes about a quart
1 red bell pepper diced
1 yellow bell pepper diced
1 orange bell pepper diced
3 tomatoes med sized diced
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper chopped fine
1 TB cilantro chopped fine
Juice of one sm lime and zest of
1 oz. olive oil
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 oz. white vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and chill for 4 hrs.
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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