Welcome to the our weekly newsletter The MACC Minute for June 3, 2020.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

News from our Food Pantry  


This week we have started to bring back MACC’s veteran volunteers. It is a wonderful feeling to have them back, even though it’s been a learning curve for everyone in both departments, we are working together. I want to thank everyone for jumping in and getting the jobs that are essential to MACC operations completed. Teamwork gets the jobs done!

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

“Pay it Forward” took on a different level of endearment last week.  Covid-19 put a woman, capable of paying for groceries, in the position to ask her neighbor for help with food  shopping.  The neighbor wouldn’t accept her offers to pay her, so she blessed MACC with her funds. The kindness exchanged between these neighbors, provided food for other families.

Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

We don’t need to tell you the world news is very grim right now. With all the negative events happening around us, this is the time to stand united to help make this world a better place. MACC comes together to unite as one, get the day to day work done to ensure a better, positive tomorrow for our community.


Chef Ferdinand Cruz

Chef MACC Kitchen

On page 68 of our Taste of MACC cookbook, you will find the “Confetti Rice” recipe. A happy owner of our cookbook made this dish for her Hanukkah gathering. Guests loved the rice and asked for the recipe, which resulted in seven of her guests buying the book. The revenue provided fourteen people with a nutritious meal in our Kitchen. Food is Life – Chef Ferdinand
**Each book purchased provides two individuals with a well balanced meal.


Patti Gregory

Operations Assistant

I want to give a big SHOUT OUT to Nancy Davis!!   During this time of uncertainty, Nancy has come in religiously to help us with the responsibilities that make the Pantry run smoothly. Be it the computer, helping to run food or doing the grocery shopping for our daily guests. She is there to help! THANK YOU NANCY  
#Kindness wins!!

Mark Nadeau

Outreach Case Worker

Outreach received over 30 blessing bags from St Luke’s in Ellington. Each bag contained personal care items and a note of encouragement for our homeless guests. We thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Jonathan who dropped off the bags stated, “We have heard and seen the good work MACC Charities is doing and wanted to contribute to the cause.”


Chef Luke 

Executive Chef Bistro On Main


It is the time of year to use garden herbs. MACC received over 10lbs of basil and we used in a variety of dishes for our guests. We also created a surprise meal to honor our first responders at Ambulance Service of Manchester. You can use this easy and delicious no cook marinara sauce on any pasta dish.


This week’s Recipe

Simple No Cook Marinara Sauce

Method: Blending
Tools needed: Blender
4 16oz cans of stewed tomatoes
2-6 cloves of garlic pealed/fresh
1/2 oz washed fresh basil leaves rough chopped, stems removed
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 oz Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
In Blender put in olive oil and garlic.
Pulse until fine chopped. 
Add basil and vinegar and pulse again until fine chopped.
Next, add in the stewed tomatoes and blend until the consistency of your liking.
Some will just mix the tomatoes after a light crushing in a separate bowl with hands. Some will blend smooth. Add your salt and pepper. Wallah! You now have a nice zesty marinara sauce you can heat up for your favorite dishes. 
As always Happy Cooking and enjoy all of the beautiful abundance from our gardens and local farms this summer.
Chef Luke 

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