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“This is the entire spiritual life, Ananda, that is, good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship. When a monk has a good friend, a good companion, a good comrade, it is to be expected that he will develop and cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path.”
~ The Buddha
SN 45:2

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Items to Donate


People often want to bring items with them to donate when they visit. Because people want to donate useful things, we provide this list of things that we use on a regular basis or need at this time.

Food:

Please contact the kitchen manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to find out exactly what sort of food is needed at this time.

Generally, we can use the following items on an ongoing basis:

  • Non-refrigerated boxed unsweetened plain soy milk and unsweetened almond milk (non-perishable)
  • Fresh Vegetables: Greens, Vegetables, and Fruits, Organic Olives, Organic Lemons and Limes.
    • Pantry Items: organic whole grains (quinoa, steel-cut oats, whole hard red wheat, bulgur, buckwheat, whole kamut, spelt, rye, organic high-fiber cereals (oat or wheat bran, no added sugar), organic flours (such as whole wheat, oat, almond, and other whole-grain flours), beans (such as mung, black, garbanzo, lima, pinto, kidney, red and other organic dried beans, lentils, split peas, whole soy beans), seeds (organic whole hemp, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame), nuts (organic walnuts, raw almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts), tomato sauce (organic, no added sugar, salt, or other ingredients and preservatives, just tomatoes), dried organic fruits without preservatives (raisins, prunes, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, figs). We ask that you avoid dried fruits with added sulfur or potassium or anything else either than the dried fruit itself. Wheat germ, Nutritional yeast, Organic Raw Unsalted Almond Butter, Organic Raw Unsalted Peanut Butter (we ask that you avoid nut butters with added hydrogenated oils, sugar, salt, or other preservatives).
    • Beverages: bottled non-frozen, no sugar added fruit juices, non-refrigerated boxed unsweetened plain soy milk and unsweetened almond milk (non-perishable), unsweetened cocoa powder, herbal tea bags, regular ground coffee.
    Please note: The WV Health department has informed us that according to FDA regulations, we should not serve imported canned food.

    Paper Goods:

    • Paper napkins, paper towels, boxed tissues

    Kitchen-Household-Medicine-General items:

    • When considering bringing laundry detergents and washing soaps, any items that may contain a 'scent', we request that you consider bringing these items that are fragrance free to help us maintain a healthy environment.
  • dish washing detergent
  • tapered candles, tea candles, kitchen matches
  • smokeless, colorless, 99% pure lamp oil
  • kinetic energy flashlights
  • AA, AAA, D, C batteries
  • seasoned firewood
  • new pillows
  • single/twin size mattress covers
  • Items we do not need:

    • any toilet paper (septic safe or otherwise)
    • any vegetable oils
    • any canned foods
    • soy sauce
    • any size rechargable batteries
    • bath towels
    • white rice
    • Cheerios
    • black tea (loose and bags)
    • brown sugar
    • tooth paste
    • bottled water
    • blankets or sheets

    Thank you !

    Updated: Jun 19, 2017