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The MACC Minute Thanksgiving 2021.  We hope it will inspire you to get involved.

Phil Leggett

Pantry Manager

THANKSGIVING isn’t just a day! The month of November is where all of us here at MACC are thankful for those who make the holiday season memorable. Through volunteering during extended holiday hours, packing baskets, participating in our annual emergency of Hunger food drive, and donating to our Emergency Food Pantry. SHOUT OUT AND THANKS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS! #Thanksgiving always!


MACC Pantry Manager
MACC Helps with Poverty

Beth Stafford

Executive Director/CEO

Giving Tuesday is November 30th Giving Tuesday was created to help the “giving season” start, reminding people that there is more to holidays than consumerism and commercialization. It is also an excellent time to remind people that MACC Charities is more than providing basic emergency needs; it is about building partnerships to break cycles of poverty in our community. #ItTakesACommunity



Shannon Baldassario

Director of Services

The overwhelming generosity and support we’ve received over this last year has given MACC the resources to respond to the emergency needs within the community we serve every day. It’s a reminder of how thankful we are to be here for those in need. Sending warm heartfelt wishes to our community, may this week of Thanksgiving be a blessing. #BeyondThankful


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

Chef Ferdinand Cruz

MACC’s Community Kitchen

Started my Thanksgiving meal shopping over the weekend. To my surprise, there is a shortage of cranberry sauce at my town’s local grocer. I MUST have Cranberry Sauce for my son, Avery. (It’s a favorite) I started to spin my wheels and am thankful to have my memory recipe Rolodex to whip up this side dish on Thanksgiving Day!

Cranberry, Orange & Mint Chutney


Makes about 6 cups

2 12-ounce bags fresh (or frozen, thawed) cranberries

4 navel oranges

¾ cup sugar

½ cup finely chopped red onion

¼ cup chopped mint

1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled ginger


Pulse cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Finely grate 2 tsp. orange zest from 1 orange; set aside. Using a sharp paring knife, remove peel and white pith from oranges. Working over a medium bowl, cut between membranes to release orange segments. Coarsely chop segments; add to cranberries. Stir sugar, onion, mint, ginger, and reserved zest into cranberry mixture. Cover; let stand at room temperature 2 hours.

Do Ahead: Relish can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Patti Thurlow

Operations Manager

AS we approach the holiday season of giving, we’re reflecting on how thankful we are for all the generous donations Community Threads receives all year. Contributions big and small provides a sense of fulfillment for another in need. When you wear clothes that make you feel confident or happy, they can act as armor, shielding you from all things negative. 
MACC's Elves are hard at work
Hip hop for haircuts 180 barber shop Manchester ct

News from Outreach

There is an incredible effectiveness in being of service to others during times of need. Whether it’s an ear to listen or assisting them with navigating through unfamiliar situations. Getting out into the community has strengthened our available resources, allowing us to grow as our support for the work we do has. For that we are thankful! #Thankful


Executive Chef Michelle

Bistro On Main

Visit downtown Manchester, Saturday Nov. 27 from 12:00-4:00 for Holiday on Main!

Events will include Letters to Santa, Crafts, a Toy Drive, Face Painting, Caroling, Photos with the Cast of ELF, and a Santa Parade!

You can deliver your letter to Santa at Bistro on Main. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and Santa will even write you back!

Thank you to Paul Ofria for our new photos

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