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The MACC Minute December 16, 2021.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

Phil Leggett

Pantry Manager

A COMMUNITY that CARES!! When we have a need and put out a plea for support, you always come through and show up to pause that need in the moment. Our supply of paper bags ran very low when packing for our families and when asked; your generosity began overflowing with brown paper and reusable bags. Grateful for your support!



Donations to MACC Pantry
MACC Helps with Poverty

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

“Why did we have to leave already?” A shy 4-year-old asked her mom on the walk back to their car. Jessica had shopped for children’s snacks, checked expiration dates, stocked the shelves, helped to count out tea bags, and recycled the cardboard. Nothing is better than experiential learning to begin to grasp compassion and feel the joy of giving. #KindnessisTaught




Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

Tis’ the season when we prepare ourselves for the harsh winter weather to come. This year we have had to learn new ways of preparing for what’s ahead. We have come up with creative ways to continue our mission in a safe, real-time life experience to help those who present in an emergency crisis. Every department at MACC is READY!



#Kindness Wins, donate to MACC Charities
Chef Ferdinand, MACC Community Kitchen

Chef Ferdinand Cruz

MACC’s Community Kitchen

Tis’ the season for family recipe favorites to enjoy. My specialties of spiked eggnog are always a hit. The holidays always bring great desserts like gingerbread and the classic pumpkin and pecan pie. I think this year I’m going with peppermint bark. Peppermint bark is my favorite holiday treat that I want to share with you.


Peppermint Bark


12 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped

12 oz. white chocolate, chopped

1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

8 candy canes, crushed


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Fill the bottom of a large pot with 3” water and bring to simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, then place a large heatproof bowl on top. Add semi-sweet chocolate and stir occasionally until chocolate has melted. Stir in extract. Pour into prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer with an offset spatula. Refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes.

Over the same pot of barely simmering water, place another large heatproof bowl. Add white chocolate and stir until melted. Pour over set semi-sweet chocolate then top immediately with candy canes. Refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes.

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

Our bells are jingling with the melody of a Magical Christmas Sale! Kicking off Saturday December 18th 2021 thru December 23rd 2021. Get your last minute shopping DONE @ MACC’s Community Threads Thrift Shoppe! Everything is 50% off (jewelry in case excluded)!! We have clothing, decorations, household goods, books, games, and even puzzles! Something for everyone on your list! 

MACC's Elves are hard at work
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News from Outreach

Tis’ the season for snow and cold temperatures, which often signifies the start of winter. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness and in urgent need of shelter, contact 2-1-1 for emergency support and connection to shelter or check out their website at www.211ct.org. No one deserves to be left out in the harsh New England Weather.



Executive Chef Michelle

Bistro On Main

For the holidays, Bistro on Main has a new holiday dish. Our Cranberry Kale Penne will have your belly feeling jolly this holiday. Enjoy penne pasta with cranberry cream sauce, sage pork sausage, and baby kale. There is no better time than the holidays to have a dinner night out with the family without having to cook.


Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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