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The MACC Minute July 8, 2021.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

 News from our Food Pantry

The Knights of Columbus Council #1155 will be holding a food drive on Saturday, July 10th, 2021 in the St. James Parking Lot, 896 Main Street, Manchester, Connecticut from 9 AM to 12 noon. They will be collecting nonperishable food and monetary donations.  All items donated will be given directly to MACC’s Emergency Food Pantry to help those in need.

Food Drive Manchester CT
Beth Stafford, Executive Director MACC Charities

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

Passing on a heart for good work to the next generation was motivated by parents who have supported MACC’s work for years and want their child to do the same.  They recently inquired about volunteer positions available to their son. They thought an experiential connection with MACC would far exceed their words of encouragement to give back to the community.

Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

With over 5,000 households throughout CT served this year so far, Operation Fuel Inc.’s  Fuel Banks are gearing up for the Fall/Winter program scheduled to kick off the week of July 12th 2021. Households experiencing a crisis with their utilities can schedule an appointment to review options best for the resident. Provided assistance is for primary heating and secondary energy.


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Taste of MACC Cookbook

Chef Ferdinand Cruz

MACC’s Community Kitchen

At MACC this week, I decided to whip up Cilantro and Red Wine Braised Chicken Thighs for lunch. I roasted up shallots and garlic cloves for added flavor. Normally I’d serve this dish over Jasmin rice, but instead I cooked some baked potatoes and just let the broth from the chicken wilt down some fresh baby greens for color!  

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

The month of July, Community Threads Thrift Shoppe is having a BOOK, PUZZLE, and Game SALE! July 6th – July 31st all books are buy one get one free, and all games and puzzles are 50% off!  Stop in and grab some for summer entertainment.  While you are there, browse our summer clothes to see the good bargains we have!

Volunteer with MACC Charities

Mark Nadeau

Outreach Case Worker

In honor of America celebrating its Independence this past week, The Manchester Community Policing Unit and myself joined forces to honor and give everyone who arrived for lunch in observance of the holiday on Monday July 5th a gift card to enjoy a hot meal at a local eatery. Every person was greeted with a smile and a card. #Lookforthegoldenarches


Executive Chef Michelle

Bistro On Main

Paint the Town Purple with Relay for Life this Saturday, July 10th, in Downtown Manchester! This event will include: a Story Walk focused on Sun Protection, an Information Scavenger Hunt, Sidewalk Chalk Art Honoring Loved Ones, Creating a Community Handprint Banner, and Paint the Town Purple Decorations!  Bistro on Main will be participating with Purple-themed drinks, and berry desserts. #downtownmanchesterct

Bstro On Main Manchester CT specials

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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