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.

The Bay Area Amma's Pantry has over 120 individuals and households participating. During 2019 Amma's Pantry Project collected 2,061 lbs of food donations, the equivalent of 1,649 meals. In 2020, the collection was 678 lbs of food donations and $10,902 in monetary donations, reaching a total equivalent of 22,346 meals for the year. 

For information or to participate in the Project, email MA Center San Ramon. You can find updates and more info on our Facebook page, Amma's Pantry

An email reminder will go out before each Bag Exchange date to those who sign up. Filled bags can be brought to the MA Center between 4:30-8:30 pm only, on the Saturdays there is a collection, and exchanged for a new one.

Note: The request is to not leave filled bags anywhere on the ashram property at any other time than what is specified. 

Download list of food here >>