M.A. Center New England

AYUDH Give: a food and essentials drive

669 Om annadāyai namaḥ
...who is the giver of food to all living things

 

Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya recently launched AYUDH Give, a food and essentials donation drive. AYUDH is an international youth movement of Embracing the World, the humanitarian organization founded by Amma. All chapters of AYUDH Americas are participating in AYUDH Give. In the AYUDH New England chapter, we reached out to local shelters and food pantries to find the most urgently needed items. We are working in the community to collect these essentials through donation boxes, university drives, home pickups or cash donations.

What we’re collecting

Pantry items 

  • Canned foods and non-perishable foods
  • Coffee & tea
  • Juice – 32 - 64 oz in non-glass containers
  • Solid albacore tuna
  • Canned pasta
  • Snacks – cookies, crackers, granola type bars
  • Baking – cake, cookie, pancake mix
  • Jam & jelly
  • Ramen noodles
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned chicken

Toiletries and essentials

  • Shampoo
  • Bar soap
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Depends – sm, med, lg, unisex
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinficenting wipes and face masks
  • Band aids (multi-color)
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Hair clips/elastics
  • Unscented lotions and soaps
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels

 

  • We’re not collecting winter clothing. Most places are not accepting clothing donations.
  • We will donate these items to the following places. If you know of any shelters that are in urgent need of the above items, please message us the details.

○ Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry (Devens)
○ Rosie’s Place (Boston)
○ Pine Street (Boston)
○ Catholic Charities (Boston)

How to donate

  • Bring the items to the next satsang gathering. We will collect items directly at the next satsang gathering and take them to the shelters.
  • Schedule pickup at your home. If you would like to contribute but won’t be able to bring the necessary items to the satsang, please message us and we can schedule a time to pick up your donations from your home. This is the easiest and most convenient way to contribute to this seva.
  • Donate through Venmo or Zelle. We will buy the essentials through the donations and bring them to the recipients. Reach out to Arun for payment account details.
  • Order supplies from Amazon, Walmart, etc. You can directly order the essential items and have them shipped to one of our homes. We will bring them to shelters. Reach out to Arun for delivery address.

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