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The MACC Minute for August 6, 2020.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

News from our Food Pantry  

MACC’s Food Pantry found itself with a week that we didn’t have a lot of appointments. The volunteers and staff decided this was a great week to deep clean. Everyone came in armed and prepared to clean and make sure that our ongoing sanitizing was carried out to the max, while also taking care of the appointments we did have.

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

How can I use my power to help you? Tuesday’s devastating storm affected almost everyone to some degree, but it did not leave everyone without power. Hearing those with power ask what they could do to help those who were without, made me think of how great it would be to hear that question asked by more of us.


Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

When you cannot control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond. Our attitudes, while sometimes different, can be positive or negative. They play a big part in life. We always have a choice as to what attitude we want to embody. Every day I smile when exchanging greetings as it influences seeing everything in a positive light.


Chef Ferdinand Cruz

Chef MACC Kitchen

Attending or hosting any BBQ’s this summer? I have a great coleslaw recipe you should try. It’s called ‘Technicolor Slaw’, you can find it on page 64 of the Taste of MACC Cookbook. It’s a mayonnaise-based slaw, that includes dried cherries, pistachios, fresh mint, beets, apples and some mustard seeds. Purchase the book on Amazon to find more recipes.



Patti Gregory

Operations Assistant

The Community Threads Thrift Store is actively taking in and sorting through fall/winter clothing donations of all sizes as well as small household items. (We cannot accept electronics) We are open for donations from 10-1:30pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays 10-12:30pm. If you cannot come during those hours, please call for alternate arrangements and staff can be available to you.


Mark Nadeau

Outreach Case Worker

Our outreach team along with the Manchester Police Department conducts weekly wellness checks on individuals in the community. Our mission is to locate and engage with those who are experiencing homelessness and connect them with 2-1-1 hotline for immediate shelter and housing opportunities. We verify their living conditions and help them navigate the services available based on their immediate need.

Chef Luke 

Executive Chef Bistro On Main


Despite the heat, blueberry season has been great this summer. I tried out a new recipe this weekend at Bistro on Main, and it was a hit, and is sure to be one in your kitchen. Cooking is both a good pastime and one that can include the entire family. You can also substitute the blueberries with your favorite fruit.


This week’s Recipe

Chef Luke’s Easy Blueberry Turnovers

Chef Luke’s Easy Blueberry Turnovers

Makes 12

12 pieces of ready-made puff pastry

4″x4″ is a good size to cut them.

2 cups blue berries

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water + 1/4 cup also to mix with the corn starch to make slurry

1 TB cornstarch

1 tsp lemon zest

2 eggs

Powdered Sugar for garnish

Thaw and cut your dough out.

Cook blueberries, 1/4 cup water and sugar in pot, and bring to low boil.

Turn heat to low and add in your cornstarch dissolved in water “this is known in the chef world as a slurry”

Stir constantly until thick, and add lemon zest

Cool on an ice bath or even overnight before you take out your dough.

Use your eggs and whisk them to make egg wash.

Fill the center of your dough squares with the filling. Brush the edges with egg wash, “turn over”, and seal shut. You can use a fork to make a little design. 

Bake in preheated oven for about 10 mins at 350 degrees. Keep a close eye as it cooks, as all ovens are a little different. You are going for golden brown and puffy look.

Once out, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Enjoy, and as always Happy Cooking

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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