Courtesy St. John Fisher Delanie Strauss, a graduate of St. John Fisher and founder of Mac Attack, and a Portland police officer present the Mac Attack plaque to Principal Merrit Holub. The school donated the most mac and cheese last year.
Courtesy St. John Fisher
Delanie Strauss, a graduate of St. John Fisher and founder of Mac Attack, and a Portland police officer present the Mac Attack plaque to Principal Merrit Holub. The school donated the most mac and cheese last year.
Delanie Strauss, now a senior at Central Catholic High School, started the Mac Attack competition between neighboring parish elementary schools as a St. John Fisher sixth-grader in 2011. Mac Attack promotes macaroni and cheese donations to the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, which provides free food and clothing assistance to the greater Portland community in need.

The project began when Terri Strauss, Strauss’ mom and board director at the Sunshine Division, arranged for Strauss to work in Sunshine’s clothing room.

While working, Strauss witnessed a girl her age receive clothes for the school year. Strauss wanted to provide even more help to local families and came up with the idea of donating macaroni and cheese boxes for the Sunshine Division emergency food supply.

Since that start in 2011, approximately 20,000 pounds of mac and cheese have been donated.

The friendly competition between Southwest Portland parish schools has awarded St. Cecilia, Cathedral and St. John Fisher the most donations in a year.

In May 2016, Delanie Strauss and a Portland police officer presented the Mac Attack school competition award plaque to Merrit Holub, principal of St. John Fisher.