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The MACC Minute October 07, 2021.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

 News from our Food Pantry

As the weather turns colder everyone loves a good soup, or stew. MACC’s Emergency food pantry is in need of beef stew, soups of all kinds, all canned vegetables, canned chili and any other ingredients that would help to make a good soup or stew. Have a favorite recipe?  Add it to your donations and let another family enjoy it!


Donate stew ingredients MACC Charities

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

My heart melted when a young girl handed me this baggie at church.  She said, “This is everything I have.”  It appears, after a discussion with her mother about serving others, and having seen someone asking for money on the street, she wanted to do something about it.  Her gift of $7.53 did something about it for three hungry people.



Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

MACC works directly with residents in the Greater Manchester area in a variety of ways to ease financial or other unexpected emergencies. MACC provides practical assistance to navigate an often-complex network of agencies, services and programs. We operate on an appointment basis to ensure everyone receives the 1:1 attention they deserve.
Call 860-647-8003 ex. 31 for emergency assistance.


#Kindness Wins, donate to MACC Charities
Orange Habanero Hot Sauce

Chef Ferdinand Cruz

MACC’s Community Kitchen

I grew up seeing that one particular glass bottle sitting in the kitchen windowsill, the newest batch of hot sauce that either my grandfather or uncles had put together. They always competed in who would be the spiciest. Well, this week Mr. Hartung brought me in a “real-deal” hot pepper! So, we put it to the test.
Recipe: Orange Habanero Hot Sauce
Yield: 5 cups
2 oranges
15-20 habanero peppers, seeds and ribs removed
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 clove of garlic, sliced
2.5 tablespoons kosher salt
1 quart water
1-2 cups white vinegar, reserved
Tip: habanero peppers are super-hot; we strongly recommend wearing gloves while preparing this recipe.
Prep the oranges by cutting off ends and carefully slicing away peels, reserving them. Cut oranges into wheels and remove seeds.
Pack orange slices, peppers, garlic, and onion into fermentation jar. Place orange peels (skin-side facing up) atop the other solid ingredients.
Combine salt and water, stir until salt is fully dissolved to make the brine.
Add fermentation weight and pour in brine to cover. All solid ingredients should be fully submerged. Questions about fermentation weights? Check out our Fermentation Weight Guide.
Top with lid and airlock (Need help? Check out our How to Assemble Airlock Video). Let ferment for 2-3 weeks at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
Add oranges (excluding peels), peppers, garlic, and onion to blender with 1 cup of the fermentation liquid. Blend until smooth and then add white vinegar to taste. Hot sauce will keep refrigerated for at least 2 months.

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

It’s not too late!! The Mighty MACC team wants you! Donate and walk to end hunger in our community as well as other communities around the world! The team walks on October 17th at 1 pm. We will meet at Wapping Church in South Windsor and walk 2 miles to Evergreen and back!  Sign up button below!
MACC Charities Crop walk
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News from Outreach

The Community Outreach Department offers weekly hygiene services every Wednesday from 9am to 11am. This service includes a hot shower with toiletries and a towel plus one load of laundry to be completed. We ask for 10 to 15 minutes of their time to touch base on their current situation. It’s amazing what feeling clean can do to one’s self-esteem.



Executive Chef Michelle

Bistro On Main

Vote for your favorite food spots in multiple categories from now until October 17th, 2021, for Connecticut Magazine’s Best Restaurants Reader’s Choice Awards 2022! Bistro on Main is nominated for the following categories: New American, Best Lunch, and Hidden Gem. Please show your support by voting for us by using the button below!

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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