July 2022 Newsletter


Spotlight: On-Campus Resource

This month we’re highlighting Paulanne’s Pantry! Paulanne’s offers FREE food to MCC students, faculty, and staff! Just visit our website to sign up for an appointment to shop or contact us at (254) 299-8516 or crew@mclennan.edu. Paulanne’s is located in the Completion Center in the SSC building.


Spotlight: Off-Campus Resource

Shepherd’s Heart is an organization in Waco that exists to “feed clothe, empower, and advocate for families in need throughout our community.” Shepherd’s Heart distributes thousands of pounds of food each month to residents of Central Texas and operates primarily through volunteers and donations. Located at 205 S 26 th St, Waco, TX 76710. Phone (254) 213-7833.

On the second Thursday every month from 3-4pm, Shepherd’s Heart comes to MCC with a mobile food distribution in Lot R. If you’re on campus, stop by for free food! If this day doesn’t work with your schedule, catch one of 40+ other distributions throughout the county. Learn more on their website: https://shepherdsheartpantry.org/pantry/



This month we’re thanking our friends in the Physical Plant for their faithful assistance in the smooth operation of Paulanne’s. Every other Monday, they deliver food to keep the pantry stocked and ready for students, faculty, and staff. Thank you, Dianne, Chris, and the rest of the team at the Physical Plant! We couldn't do it without you!

Self-Care Tip

Summer is the perfect time to rest and recharge between academic years. In addition to changing your pace of school, work, and life, why not also try changing the way you interact with technology?

Complete overhauls rarely work, so choose ONE habit from the following list and try your best to implement it this summer.

  • Leave your phone inside the house when outside with your kids
  • Leave your phone in your car when you go to a restaurant to eat
  • Keep your phone in another room or across your bedroom at night so you’re not tempted to scroll before falling asleep or first thing when you wake up
  • Set up time limits for yourself for apps that are particularly distracting (e.g., 1 hour/day for social media). Here’s how: iPhone; Android
  • Delete apps that you no longer use or that you find yourself turning to when you need a distraction from the task at hand
  • Set up “do not disturb” to automatically turn on at certain hours. If it’s important for certain people to still be able to reach you, you can create exceptions to the DND rule. Here’s how: iPhone; Android
  • Stop interacting with your phone at least an hour before you plan to go to bed

Your efforts won’t be perfect because it takes time to change a habit. However, the small changes you make this summer will set you up to have a healthier relationship with your phone in the fall so you can focus more on the things that matter to you.

Easy Recipe

This month we have an easy, low-cost, at-home burrito bowls recipe for you! This is great for everyone! If you’re feeding a family, each person can customize the ingredients in their bowl. If you’re cooking only for yourself, then this recipe will give you lunch for the whole week! 

Need any ingredients? Swing by Paulanne’s for some non-perishable goods, frozen meat, cheese, and/or milk!

Weeknight Burrito Bowls

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 6


  • 2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 2 15oz. cans black beans 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 16oz. jar salsa
  • 6 oz. shredded cheese*
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 jalapeño (optional)


  1. Add the rice, salt, and 3 cups water to a medium sauce pot. Place a lid on top, turn the heat on to high, and allow the water to come up to a full boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let it continue to simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit, with the lid in place, for an additional five minutes. Fluff just before serving.
  2. While the rice is cooking, make the beans. Add both cans of black beans (undrained) to a small sauce pot, along with the cumin, and garlic powder. Heat over medium, stirring often, until heated through.
  3. Slice the green onions and jalapeño (if using).
  4. Once the rice is cooked, build the bowls. Add one cup cooked rice, 1/2 cup warm black beans, 1/3 cup salsa, and 1 oz. shredded cheese (about 1/4 cup) to each bowl. Top with a few sliced green onions and jalapeños, then serve.


  • *Use your favorite type of meltable shredded cheese. Cheddar and pepper jack are both great choices.

NUTRITION (per 1 serving)

Calories: 521.75 kcal | Carbohydrates: 85.28 g | Protein: 20.32 g | Fat: 10.32 g | Sodium: 1078.75 mg | Fiber: 15.22 g


Shepherd’s Heart: Two distributions in June that served over 300 people in McLennan County in July.

Paulanne’s Pantry: 29 MCC students, faculty, or staff served in July.

View past newsletters here:  https://www.mclennan.edu/campus-resource-guide/newsletter.html

*Composed by Emma Cartisano*