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The MACC Minute December 2, 2021.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

Phil Leggett

Pantry Manager

Their passion to give back, started with an ASK! Encouraging friends, family and colleagues to sign up and run in the Manchester Road Race as their entry fee supports local charities, only to find out some non-runners also contributed to the cause.



Donations to MACC Pantry
MACC Helps with Poverty

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

A Positive Gesture goes a long way. I forgot I was in the MACC SUV when a woman pulled up beside me at a light. At first, I thought she was trying to tell me something was wrong until I saw her give me a “thumbs-up.” She managed to praise MACC’s work with a tiny gesture, no words needed. #PassOneOn




Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

A letter of Thanks’encourages positive outcomes. It confirms the work we do every day makes a difference to someone in need. Our Joy of Community Sharing program served over 120 families this Thanksgiving. A turkey and all the fixings were provided to enjoy a full holiday meal. It’s a blessing to provide these services and bring families together. #Thankful



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

Chef Ferdinand Cruz

MACC’s Community Kitchen

Planning on inviting friends and family over for the holidays? I have been using this recipe for years, it’s super simple and you can substitute some of the ingredients. These crispy, tangy, and creamy bites of love have become an instant hit at my gatherings. Often I’ve substituted fig jam; guava paste or even just caramelized onions for the cranberry.
Cranberry Brie Bites
Original recipe yields 24 servings
1 (8 ounce) round Brie cheese, rind removed
As needed cooking spray
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
½ cup cranberry sauce
⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts
sea salt to taste
Step 1
Place Brie cheese in the freezer for 20 minutes. Oil a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
Step 2
Roll 1 puff pastry sheet out into a 10×14-inch rectangle. Cut the sheet lengthwise into 4 even strips and crosswise into 6 even strips; there should be 24 squares. Separate and press them gently into the muffin cups.
Step 3
Cut chilled Brie cheese into 24 pieces approximately 3/4-inch in size. Add 1 teaspoon cranberry sauce to each pastry-lined muffin cup; press in 1 piece of Brie and top with 1 teaspoon of chopped walnuts. Sprinkle bites with sea salt. Chill for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days.
Step 4
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Step 5
Bake bites in the preheated oven until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
Cook’s Note:
Placing the Brie cheese in the freezer for 20 minutes makes it easier to cut.

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

The Bloomin’ 4 Good Program! An innovative program from Stop & Shop that works to fight hunger in local communities! For the month of December, MACC Charities has been selected to receive a $1 donation for every $10.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet sold at the store located at 1739 Ellington Road, South Windsor CT.  LOOK FOR THE RED STICKER!
MACC's Elves are hard at work
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News from Outreach

This week kicks off the State of Connecticut’s CAN (Coordinated Access Network) Cold Weather Protocol. So, what does this mean? It means anyone seeking immediate shelter who identifies as (literally) homeless will be triaged to the appropriate cold weather program by contacting 2-1-1. Resources will be utilized strategically in order to serve households and keep them safe from cold weather.



Executive Chef Michelle

Bistro On Main

We hope you all enjoyed your meals from Bistro on Main over Thanksgiving! We are now taking orders for Christmas, as well! The catering menu can be found on our website. Please order by Dec. 15th. Orders are to be picked up on Dec. 23rd by 8pm. All items are a la carte, for Two, Four, Six, or Eight Servings.

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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