As in the time of the Buddha, the monastery does not grow food; the monastics are completely dependent on daily alms and donations of food. Postulants (anagārikas), stewards, and lay visitors prepare the daily meal from whatever food items have been given to the monastery. Visitors may also come to the monastery to offer prepared dishes (see the section below for more information).
The monastery can sometimes run low on food and so food items are one of the most practical and helpful offerings that can be brought to the monastery.
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-food 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.
Last Updated: March 24, 2017
(NB: Within the monastic community there are severe allergies to fish and peanuts.)
- Vegetables: leafy greens, broccoli, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, parsnips, etc.
- Salad Greens
- Fresh Fruit: bananas, berries, grapes, seasonal fruit, etc.
- Coconut milk (canned)
- Nuts & Seeds (due to an allergy, peanuts are not needed)
- Soy and Almond Milk (Tetrapak)
- Herbal Teas
Currently we have more than enough of:
- White Rice & pasta
- Regular/black tea
- Canned soup
- Balsamic vinegar
- Beans & pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc.)
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.