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Meriden Record Journal Reports Property for Sale

http://August 1, 2016 07:44PM
By Leigh Tauss Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — The owner of the building housing Master’s Manna hopes to sell the property by 2018. The food pantry is asking for the community’s help in raising $1.4 million to purchase the site and sustain services.

Master’s Manna provides food, clothing, medical attention and other services to more than 3,000 people in the area. The organization has a five-year lease ending in 2020 for an 11,600-square-foot space at 46 North Plains Industrial Road.

Founder and CEO Cheryl Trzcinski said she was notified six weeks ago that the property had been listed for sale.

“It’s not the first time the building has been up for sale, but I believe the landlord will look at any serious offer,” Trzcinski said.

Property owner Leonard Rossicone said he will be taking a huge financial hit if he does not sell the building by 2018, when his tax credit expires.

The property at 46-48 North Plains Industrial Road contains the food pantry and a second building with several retailers. Rossicone said he has listed the property for $1.15 million.

He said the decision to sell was “strictly a dollar and cents item,” and has nothing to do with the food pantry.

“I have an excellent relationship with them,” Rossicone said. “They are super good people.”

Trzcinski praised Rossicone for his generosity, saying the pantry is currently four months behind on its $6,700 rent.

“I can’t tell you how gracious Lenny is,” Trzcisnki said. “He is phenomenal.”

Trzcinski said if a new owner were to purchase the building, they may be able to legally sever the pantry’s lease because of the late rent. The outcome would be devastating for the people the organization services.

“It means no food on a weekly basis, no medical care on a weekly basis, no clothing, no showers and laundry facilities, no access to vocational and education training for the six schools we are written into their curriculum,” Trzcinski said.

To avoid that scenario, the organization is asking the community to pitch in the money needed to purchase the property. Trzcinski said they will be attempting to sell 11,600 “bricks” for every square foot of the space for $200 each, which would raise $1.4 million. The money left over from purchasing the property would go toward sustaining operations.

“We need the communities that we serve to step up and help us procure this property so we can continue to serve those that we serve,” Trzcinski said.

Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said he hopes the food pantry is able to continue its mission.

“Obviously, Master’s Manna is a very important service to the community and many people depend upon the services provided there,” Dickinson said. “I would certainly hope that there can be a resolution to the issue that will allow them to continue to provide services.”

Donations may be sent to Master’s Manna at 46 North Plains Industrial Road or may be made via PayPal at


Local Citizen Champions Master’ s Manna

Editor, Record Journal [opinions]

The Record Journal’s article, [pg. 2, August 2] concerning Wallingford’s Masters Manna, and its impending loss of leased space, was an all too familiar tale. “Financial reality trumps societal benefits.” Masters Manna is much more than a “food pantry” which serves over three thousand clients, on an ongoing basis. It provides meals through its marvelous kitchen, clothes and laundering facilities to those in need of those services, and most of all, a place where the clients are respected as human beings who might require help and emotional support during a difficult period of their life. Whole families are often beneficiaries of Masters Manna’s menu of services, whether it might be Nutritional Counselling, Preventative Medical/Dental instruction, and Vision services. Many of the clients at Masters Manna fall outside of the conventional government-sponsored benefit programs, due either to income level or the transient nature of that population.

Masters Manna is not a Government sponsored agency, and relies solely on contributions from the Community. Masters Manna integrates its volunteer base with training opportunities for area Training School members, Boy Scouts, and referrals from the Courts. As a Faith-Based, non-denominational enterprise, it recognizes the strength of family values in a society such as ours, and strives to impart that respect in the minds of those it is dedicated to serve. But all of the above requires money, and more importantly, a place to exist and continue services. Masters Manna’s leadership has weathered any number of Storms in its short existence, but this one, loss of appropriate location, is the most serious. Please stay tuned.

 Lawrence Singer



Harmony For Hope Benefit for Master’s Manna

Presented by:

Wallingford’s CT Yankee Barbershop Chorus and Quartets

2016 Northeast District Yankee Division Chorus Champion Yankee Division Small Chorus Champion


Date: JULY 17, 2016  Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Wallingford Park & Recreation Center, 6 Fairfield Blvd, Wallingford, CT

Admission: Any Nonperishable Food

Special needs are: Cereal, Tuna, Rice and Toilet Tissue

Cash Donations Are Accepted

Press Release From CT Food Bank

Wallingford Community Women Helping Fight Hunger in Community


WALLINGFORD, CONN., June 27, 2016 – A murder mystery dinner held in February at the Villa Capri by the Wallingford Community Women raised more than $2,700 that will supply food from the Connecticut Food Bank for distribution through Master’s Manna, a multi-service organization that helps people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or coping with the difficulties caused by low incomes. The event was suggested by Wallingford Community Women Vice President Jennifer Flood-Frechette, who said that “several years ago, one of my former students found himself homeless and in need of help. I brought him to Master’s Manna and they provided him with food and services. Ever since then, I wanted to find a way to give back.”


Flood-Frechette and her colleagues, Wallingford Community Women President Cindy Parent and Allie Stevens worked with Michael Sayers of the Chester Hadlyme Mystery Party, who donated his services to assure maximum return for the event. The dinner raised $2,754. The donation that will result in enough food from the Connecticut Food Bank for Master’s Manna to prepare more than 5,500 meals.


Connecticut Food Bank Chief Development Officer Mary Kate Carofano joined Master’s Manna CEO Cheryl Trzcinski in accepting the check. “Our size and capacity allow us to leverage more food for the people served by Master’s Manna,” Carofano said. “Master’s Manna makes a life changing difference for so many people in the Wallingford and Meriden area. This donation will be of tremendous impact for people in need.”


Flood-Frechette said the purpose of the event was two-fold. “We wanted to support the great work of Master’s Manna, but we also wanted people to understand the challenge of hunger and learn more about some of the great resources for help in our community.”


The check was presented by the Wallingford Community Women on June 8 at the Connecticut Food Bank distribution center in Wallingford.


Trzcinski said Master’s Manna was grateful for the support and the food it will provide. “We work with the Connecticut Food Bank to provide access to nutritious food for people in our community. These dollars will go a long way in doing that.” Master’s Manna offers both a food pantry and a dining center for people who need help meeting basic needs for food. The food programs are only part of a range of services Master’s Manna offers people, including a health clinic, a market offering clothing, accessories and more, training and education services and laundry and hygiene facilities for people who are coping with homelessness.


About Master’s Manna:

Master’s Manna, Inc. is a faith-based not for profit established in Wallingford, Connecticut, to serve homeless, near homeless, low to moderate income families and individuals living in the greater Wallingford/Meriden area. Master’s Manna, Inc.’s mission is to help homeless, near homeless, low to moderate income families and individuals obtain essential needs. Find them on the web at and @mastersmannainc on Facebook and Twitter.


About the Connecticut Food Bank:

The Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and the largest provider of charitably donated food. The Connecticut Food Bank partnered with the food industry, food growers, donors and volunteers to provide enough food last year to prepare more than 19.2 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community based programs to more than 300,000 people across six Connecticut counties. Visit us on the web at, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.