The monastic code requires the Saṅgha to be dependent upon the lay community for all their physical needs (i.e. the material requisites of life, including all food). The kitchen & household can sometimes run low on supplies, so food & household supplies are some of the most practical and helpful offerings that can be brought to the monastery. Please see the guidelines below if you’re unfamiliar with the process of offering food and other requisites to the monastic community. Please also see the General Dana page for further information.
Items helpful for our resident community: (links are provided as examples) Last Update: April 30, 2017
- Vegetables: leafy greens, fresh seasonal vegetables, salad greens, etc.
- Root vegetables – potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams
- Fresh Fruit: bananas, berries, seasonal fruit, etc.
- Bottled fruit juice, pulp-free (orange, cranberry, apple, etc.)
- Milk (2%), Plain Yogurt, Cheese, any other milk products
- Steel Cut Oats & Large Flaked Oats (quick oats are in oversupply)
- Sugar, Honey, Molasses, etc.
- Nuts & Seeds (e.g. raw nuts and fiber-bearing seeds such as flax, chia, etc.)
- Coffee (any variety of ground coffee, beans, instant, etc.)
Note: fish and peanut allergies are extant within the community.
- Laundry bleach
- Scrubber sponges (large size for scrubbing large pots & pans)
- Toilet tissue (paper towels & facial tissue are in oversupply)
- Household-grade clear vinegar
- Clear garbage bags (XL, L, M or S)
Currently we have more than enough of:
- Bread, white rice & pasta
- Canned soup
- Balsamic vinegar
- Beans & pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc.)
- bar soap, laundry detergent
- towels, paper towels
- toothbrushes, toothpaste
- flash lights
- Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
If you have questions about what items to bring or more specific needs, or if you’d like to set a date to offer a prepared dish or offer an entire meal, please use the contact form or phone (613) 264-8208 to make an inquiry with the kitchen steward. You can also view the General Dana page if you would like to donate non-requisite items.
Food needs can change frequently because stores (especially perishables) can sometimes run low in the morning and full by the afternoon, and then low again some days later. We try to keep the following list in order of what is needed most, and as up to date as possible.
Offering a Meal at the Monastery
The monastics eat one main meal a day in late morning (around 11:00 am) and the monastic regulations require that they finish by midday. Offering food to the monastic community provides an opportunity to visit and participate in the lifestyle of the monastery. You are welcome to cook your food in the monastery kitchen. Some people may feel awkward preparing food in a kitchen that is not their own. If that is the case, it may be easier for you to prepare a dish or several dishes ahead of time. When offering the meal or part of the meal at the monastery, the kitchen steward can help explain the protocol for offering food to the monks. Please click on this link if you wish to contact the kitchen steward or phone (613) 264-8208 for any inquiries regarding meal offerings.