Welcome to the our weekly newsletter The MACC Minute for April 8, 2020.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

News from our Food Pantry


MACC’s Community Emergency Food Pantry continues to work hard to keep food on the table for food insecure families in our community. The pantry is pre-bagging groceries and serving on average 37 households a day. MACC does this in compliance with social distancing to assure our guests, families, staff and volunteers are receiving essential food and most importantly staying safe.
Beth Stafford
Executive Director/CEO
Staying home, schooling children and finding projects to do, appear to be far from over, and people are scared. Calls for emergency help are coming in daily from people who have never had to ask for help before. Please donate to MACC’s Emergency Fund, it will take a community’s concern for each other to get through COVID-19.
Shannon Baldassario
Director of Services
We cannot do what we do on a daily basis without the support WE receive from our community. Our town residents need us more than ever before, on many levels. A daily meal, a weeks’ worth of food, support with resources and/or referrals. We will get through this temporary style of life, maybe by learning a new style of GIVING.



Chef Ferdinand Cruz
Chef MACC Kitchen
People deserve to eat. Our Kitchen serves bagged lunches to the hungry. For safety we require our guests to maintain a six-foot distance while standing in line. We are seeing many new faces. Our numbers have tripled. Usually we provide lunches for 50 people this time of the month. Our guests remain beyond grateful for our response to their hunger.
Patti Gregory
Operations Assistant
MACC Charities prides itself on making sure families have good food in their households.   
Volunteers in the pantry come in and do the shopping for the families and stock shelves tirelessly day after day.  The thank you’s from the families is what makes the volunteers keep coming back.   A very big Thank you to all of the many great volunteers!
Mark Nadeau
Outreach Case Worker
Despite the Covid-19 virus, all aspects of MACC Charities continues to run smoothly.
Each day all departments: Outreach, Pantry, and our Community Kitchen provide services without interruption. I am in awe daily by the volunteers and staff going above and beyond. Our clients are provided a quality lunch and groceries for their family. MACC Charities is here for you always.
Cooking with Chef Luke 
Executive Chef Bistro On Main
I am getting to do more of what I love doing, cooking for my family. Like me, you may suffer from digestive health issues, but that does not mean we cannot enjoy great food. I hope to inspire you to join me in the kitchen to create, experiment with or adapt recipes that are both healthy and taste amazing too.

I’ve included a recipe below for you to enjoy 
Chef Luke’s Maple Citrus Turmeric Vinaigrette
Use over your favorite salad greens or vegetables
Recipe: Makes about a pint of dressing
Tools needed. Blender
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 TB pure maple syrup
1/4 cup orange juice
Small root of turmeric fresh approx. (7grams) or can sub 2 tsp ground powdered turmeric
1 small clove garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste
Method: Place all ingredients into blender. Blend.
“Wha La,” you have a robust vinaigrette with the healing property of turmeric (helps with inflammation and immunity booster) and citrus for vitamin C boost. The flavor is absolutely wonderful and balanced too.
Enjoy and happy cooking with Chef Luke Greika, Executive Chef, Bistro on Main



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