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The MACC Minute February 11, 2021.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

The best memories are made around the table. Teaching your children to cook while assisting in the kitchen and eat as a family over a meal are traditions that are remembered forever. Donate your favorite family meal ingredients to our pantry so the families we serve can create memories and traditions of their own. Donations accepted Monday –Thursday 9-5pm/Fridays 9-2:30pm.

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

An icebreaker question posed by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce President at a meeting I attended this week, touched me when I heard the responses to this question “What has your biggest challenge with the pandemic been and what have you done to meet that challenge?” I encourage you to answer this reflective question and keep the conversation going.


Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

What’s NEXT for meeting basic needs? Once the pandemic reaches a point of safety and the state reopens, their protection policies on utilities, rental and mortgages will be over. We are ready to give assistance in navigating resources in any emergency crisis. You can assist paying a rent or monthly utility bill. Contact me @ sbaldassario@macc-ct.org to find out how.


Chef Ferdinand Cruz

MACC’s Community Kitchen

You know what will go GREAT with that lunch??…Socks! Says volunteer Principle Kevin. We provide meals 6 days a week. Along with a bagged lunch our guests receive “extras” we have in abundance. Items such as fresh baked bread, pastries, winter hats, gloves, and SOCKS too! Humor goes a long way, so we joke and have fun with our guests.

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

Everyday MACC volunteers come in with one goal in mind, to ensure that our individuals and families have their most basic needs met. The kitchen lunches are made with care daily, pantry packs the grocery bags for our families, and the Thrift Store is open for clothing or housewares. THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

Mark Nadeau

Outreach Case Worker

Being proactive is to think about the future, planning, and preparing for what’s to come. It’s about anticipating emergency needs, problems, and possible outcomes with those we serve during weekly outreach visits. Watching the projected forecast with severe weather and making arrangements for those out in the bone chilling temps. It means anticipating the expected so we can do better.



Luke Greika

Bistro On Main

A little love goes a long way…In everything we do we should always try to live by this statement. When I am cooking, I pour my heart and soul into every intimate dish. It is the little things not only in cooking but in life that make such a difference. Here is a simple garnish for your creative food presentations.
Valentine’s Sugar
Makes 1 cup
1 cup white granulated sugar
6 drops red food coloring
Put all ingredients in freezer bag and shake it up, massage the color in.
Pour into a sheet pan or plate and let air dry for an hour or two.
Use for garnish on cakes, ice cream, margarita rims, or anything you want.

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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