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The MACC Minute July 22, 2021.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

 News from our Food Pantry

THREE CHEERS FOR FIVE BELOW!!! During COVID we received a call from the manager of FIVE BELOW. She asked if we were able to take donations of candy and food. We said of course we could and our families would enjoy having extra treats. MACC Charities is delighted to have added this partnership to our family. Thank you Five Below!!!

Food Drive Manchester CT
Beth Stafford, Executive Director MACC Charities

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

Guardian or Warrior is an ongoing decision made by staff and volunteers. Mental health issues that overlap hunger, housing, and other basic needs make it challenging to decide which role is most effective at the moment. Going to war vs. being a guardian costs more in time, cannot be quickly redeemed, and second chances are few. Guardian is MACC’s #Firstchoice.

Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

We’ve completed our first week of Operation Fuel’s Summer/Fall 2021 program with area residence in need. Operation Fuel ensures equitable access to energy for all by providing year-round energy assistance, and promoting energy independence. Offering emergency energy assistance to households throughout Connecticut. Assistance is given in accordance to O. F. policies and procedures but with flexibility to meet human needs.


#Kindness Wins, donate to MACC Charities
Taste of MACC Cookbook

Chef Ferdinand Cruz

MACC’s Community Kitchen

Acts of kindness from a Community Kitchen volunteer, start a chain reaction of giving. Shout out to Dan who’s become an integral part of the team since joining us each week. Sharing his kitchen experience with these recent storms and torrential downpours in his Men’s Group at church influenced them to purchase 25 ponchos to give out to our lunch patrons.

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

One of MACC’s volunteers has stepped into the role of an organizer and does it amazingly! Stephanie Cardwell comes in 3 days a week for 2 hours and organizes the grocery bags for appointments and takes care of the breakdowns. Stephanie also teaches other volunteers and is such a huge asset for MACC! Thank you Stephanie for all that you do!
Volunteer with MACC Charities

Mark Nadeau

Outreach Case Worker

The path towards our goals is not always a smooth ride or always easy, but having goals, whether big or small, is part of what makes life good. Working each day with a purpose directs me towards achieving those goals and influences positive emotions. Taking one step in that direction a day gives us a sense of overall happiness #IllWalkWithYou



Executive Chef Michelle

Bistro On Main

Bistro on Main is proud to feature a delicious Lemon Basil Pesto Penne! The penne, and sautéed summer squash and zucchini are tossed in a creamy lemon basil pesto sauce with ricotta and parmesan cheeses. Coming soon, we will have Gluten-Free Penne available to substitute in any of our pasta dishes.  (Gluten-Free bread is also available for our sandwiches/burgers.)


Bstro On Main Manchester CT specials

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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