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The MACC Minute November 4, 2021.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

 News from our Food Pantry

Let’s talk turkey!  Everyone thinks about the turkey for Thanksgiving but what about the sides? When you go to buy your Thanksgiving Day sides, and you see they are BOGO think about MACC Charities and donate the extra! With all the shortages we hear about, let’s stay ahead of it and donate to the Emergency Food pantry families! #Thankgivingsides!


Donate your buy one get one to MACC Charities
Something to be thankful for

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

Two women were waiting for an exercise class to begin at the Manchester Senior Center. I recognized one who had worked with me at the Town of Manchester Social Services over 20 years ago. “MACC does a lot for our community,” said her friend. I could only respond with, “because we have a community that cares.” This encounter confirmed #MACC’sWork





Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

The 13th Annual Emergency of Hunger Food Drive is ON in Manchester! ASM’s, joining forces with Manchester Police Explores and our local grocery store to host this yearly event. Stop at Highland Park Market, November 13th & 14th while you shop, shop for a neighbor in need OR Stop at MACC on November 20th &21stfor our Drive-By food Drive!


#Kindness Wins, donate to MACC Charities
Chef Ferdinand, MACC Community Kitchen

Chef Ferdinand Cruz

MACC’s Community Kitchen

With this week’s chilly temperatures, we whipped up some Chicken and Gnocchi Dumpling Soup. Normally, I would use biscuit dough for the soup but in this case we substituted delicious gnocchi potato dumplings, there’s just something about those fluffy pillows of goodness! Our version had a pinch of Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes for a little added kick.
Chicken & Gnocchi Dumpling Soup
1 16-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi
1 cup thawed frozen peas
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
⅓ Cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
2 cups diced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
1 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1 ¾ cups low-sodium chicken broth
Step 1
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Stir in peas and cook until the gnocchi are tender, 1 to 2 minutes more. Drain.
Step 2
Meanwhile, toss chicken with flour in a bowl until coated. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer the chicken to the pan (reserving the flour remaining in the bowl) and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
Step 3
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add carrots, celery, onion, thyme and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle the reserved flour over the vegetables; stir to coat. Stir in broth and the chicken. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the stew is thickened, about 3 minutes. Add the gnocchi and peas and cook, gently stirring, until the gnocchi are hot, about 2 minutes.

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

Dear Santa…..
MACC Charities is in need of new CHRISTMAS CARDS for a future project! If you have some extra cards in the house that you don’t know what to do with, think about donating them. You can bring them to Community Threads and drop them off between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Monday – Friday and 10:00am-1:00pm on Saturdays!
MACC is looking for christmas cards
Hip hop for haircuts 180 barber shop Manchester ct

News from Outreach

You can find MACC’s outreach team engaging with everyone during lunch each day. Why do we engage? Why is it important? Primarily it’s because everyone has a story to tell about their struggles and addictions, we listen. From these interactions, we can direct you to resources and services which best serve your needs. We look forward to speaking with you!



Executive Chef Michelle

Bistro On Main


The fall weather is finally upon us! Warm up this season with our Soups of the Moment. Our newest addition is a creamy Butternut Squash Bisque with hints of Sage, Thyme, and Celery, finished with an Apple Brandy Cream. We also have a Chicken Couscous Soup and our French Onion Soup. Our soups make the perfect start to any meal!

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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