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The MACC Minute Thanksgiving 2020 Edition.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

News from our Food Pantry  

We are grateful for those who make the holiday season memorable at MACC with volunteering during extended holiday hours, packing baskets, and donating to our Emergency Food pantry. We are still working to reach our gift card goal of $10,000 to assist the community we serve this Christmas. Donate $25.00 gift cards so we can bless a family in need.

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

Thankful is defined as pleased and relieved, which sums up my feelings as a nonprofit leader, during Thanksgiving 2020.  

I am both pleased and relieved to witness our community’s response to the devastation brought on by COVID 19. Overwhelming generosity has given MACC the resources to respond to the emergency needs brought on by food insecurity, illness and unemployment. 



Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

This Thanksgiving, I’m reflecting on how blessed MACC and staff have been this year. From all of our volunteers to donors who continue to support us with our mission, our gratitude turns what we have into enough. Sending warm heartfelt wishes to our community, may this week of Thanksgiving be blessed with joy, love, happiness, good food and good times!


Chef Ferdinand Cruz

Chef MACC Kitchen

With all the madness surrounding COVID this year, there aren’t many areas in our lives haven’t felt its direct impact. Celebrating Thanksgiving this year with limited friends and family is something quite unsettling. That won’t stop us here at MACC! With the help of our volunteers, we are committed to helping everyone in our local community receive their holiday meals!

MACC Charities 2020 Thanksgiving Day Lunch

(Served 11/25/20)
  • Turkey Cordon Bleu Sandwich Served on pretzel roll, baby spinach & dijonnaise.
  • Cran-Apple Nut Slaw
  • Shredded cabbage, cranberry dressing, fresh apples, granola, pecans, sunflower seeds
  • German Potato Salad
  • Tangy apple cider vinaigrette, smoked turkey bacon & caramelized shallots
  • Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
  • Pear or Apple
  • Assorted Deep River Chips
  • Buell’s Orchard Apple Cider

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

Thank you to all the volunteers that made the EOH food drive a smooth one.  Assisting in filling our shelves and organizing the food by item, expiration date and checking for dents. SHOUT OUT to Chance Wetmore for coming in all FOUR days and assisting with everything, Thank you to the MCC NSMH Students and the PTK Students, YOU ROCK!



Mark Nadeau

Outreach Case Worker

What makes or breaks an individual? TRUST. We have heard the expressions, “You can trust me”, or “I will be honest with you.” But once you are dishonest it takes a lot of work to gain that trust back if at all possible. In outreach, being trusted and keeping our word is more than just a saying it’s a commitment.




Bistro Chef

Scratch cooking at its best is happening in the Bistro on Main’s kitchen. Pre-made and frozen sides for Thanksgiving Day’s meal sold out. The focus now is to test and prepare recipes for the December Holidays. One of the popular sides was our take on a classic at the Thanksgiving table, cranberry sauce. We are happy to share it here. 

 Holiday Spiced Cranberry Sauce

~ Prepared by Jose, Bistro’s 2020 Intern

Makes 1 pint

3 cups Sliced Frozen Cranberries

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp cloves ground

1/2 tsp cinnamon ground

1/4 tsp ginger ground

2 Tbsp. cornstarch


Put all ingredients (except cornstarch) in sauce pot and let simmer for a good 30 mins to reduce.

While hot, add a slurry of cornstarch and water with all lumps diluted.

Whisk good to a thickened state.   Cool and serve

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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