MA Center San Ramon

Amma's Pantry

Amma's Pantry collection day

Amma's Pantry Project was started in January 2013 as a collaboration with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The Food Bank of CCS had started using a model of 'donor drive' instead of 'food drive', where neighborhood team leaders provide a green bag for people to collect food every two months to make it easiest for donors to help.

In San Ramon and the Bay Area, Amma's Pantry adapted this model to make the MA Center the collection point for food donations every two months. After each Bag Exchange, food donations are brought to the Food Bank of CCS. There the food is weighed, sorted, and distributed into the community, including to shelters, food kitchens, and by truck into different neighborhoods where there is need.

August 13 2022 collection

We collectively donated $1,457 and 266 lbs of food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, equivalent of 3127 meals being served to those in need. Thank you to all those who participated.

Bay Area Amma's Pantry has over 120 individuals and households participating. In 2020, Amma’s Pantry began including online donations when state health measures prevented meeting in person at the MA Center. For 2021, Amma's Pantry collected a total of 941 lbs of food donations and $7,572 in monetary donations, for a total equivalency of 15,928 meals.
And since Amma's Pantry Project started in 2013, through the community's generosity and Amma's Grace, the Project collected a total of 23,012 lbs of food and $18,474, for a grand total equivalency of 56,125 meals for local food-insecure individuals and families. A big Thank You to all who have generously contributed over the years.

We are continuing this hybrid model until further notice. The food/donation collection dates for 2022 are:

Special collection for Amma's 2022 Birthday - stay tuned for more details

February 12, 2022
April 9 , 2022
June 11, 2022
August 13, 2022
October 8, 2022
December 11, 2022

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off on the red wooden deck across from the Main Hall entrance, from 5:30 pm - 8:00pm.

For information or to participate in the Project, email Amma's Pantry at

An email reminder goes out before each Bag Exchange date to those on the Amma’s Pantry email list, with details about how to either bring food donations in person or donate to the Food Bank online.

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Amma's Pantry shopping list