July 20, 2023.

GMCC Ambassador Meeting at MACC

#Kindness Wins, donate to MACC Charities

What a pleasure it was to host the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Ambassadors meeting right in MACC’s Community Kitchen. As a newly appointed GMCC board member, it was great to connect, and network with other businesses that participate in what I feel is the best Chamber East of the River. Ambassadors are ALL about networking and connecting businesses in Manchester together through one location with access to resources and helping businesses achieve their goals. What a heartfelt ending when they surprised me with a bouquet of beautiful pink roses as a congratulatory gift, becoming MACC’s fourth CEO in its 50 years of operation. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and brought all your energetic and thoughtful words of encouragement as I step into my new position.

-Shannon Baldassario

Community Spotlight

Image from May 11th lunch service at MACC Community Kitchen

Manchester Police Department is one of many community partners that help complete our mission of “Building Partnerships to Break Cycles of Poverty in our Community.” They work with our Outreach department weekly to help homeless individuals get the necessary resources and will help serve lunch at the Community Kitchen. They stopped by on July 4th to help support lunch service on the holiday.

-Chance Wetmore
Social Media and Systems Specialist

Volunteer Spotlight

MACC's Elves are hard at work

Thank You, Laura

Volunteers are the backbone of MACC. One such volunteer is Laura Shimp. Laura came to MACC when The Penny Saver closed its doors and has been with us for seven years. She volunteers three days a week, helps sort through the donations we receive, assists in the season turnaround of inventory, and does her best to ensure our customers and people in need receive the best quality clothing, household items, and novelties. Laura cares about what she does and loves knowing that she is truly part of that helping hand up that MACC gives the community!

-Patti Thurlow
Operations Manager

Meet Sergio!

Sergio has recently joined us as part of the Coventry School District RISE program. It’s like he’s been part of our team for ages. He fits right in and is very eager to assist us during lunch service! His smile is contagious, and we look forward to watching his growth.

Thank you, and welcome to the MACC family!

-Chef Ferdinand Cruz
Community Kitchen Head Chef
Chef Ferdinand, MACC Community Kitchen

Summer Needs

MACC's Elves are hard at work
It’s summertime in New England, and the Community Emergency Food Pantry finds itself running low on items such as rice mixes, sugar, flour, ramen noodle soup, mayo, beef stew, coffee, spam, and baking mixes. Let’s not forget the summer snacks like Popsicles, ice pops, juice boxes, and fresh fruits and vegetables to stay cool in these hot summer months.
-Phillip Leggett
Community Emergency Food Pantry Manager

Housing and Food Insecurity

MACC Pantry Manager
It’s no surprise to anyone reading this that increased costs for basic necessities are taking a toll on those that live on a tight day-to-day budget. Stressing over and deciding whether to buy food or pay a bill is a continuous struggle for many. MACC’s Community Outreach & Emergency Services has seen a 26.80% increase in calls for assistance over this time last year and a 46.47% increase in the numbers of homeless and unsheltered compared to this time last year. It is as important as ever to remember those who are trying to make ends meet while facing uncertainties and decisions about their next meal or where to sleep. As we all continue to battle these barriers of food and housing insecurities, remember that “Kindness Wins.”

-Timothy Bohr
Community Outreach and Emergency Services Manager

Edited and designed by Chance Wetmore
MACC Charities Social Media and Systems Specialist

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