Remembering Swami Vivekananda through Service as Worship: Annual Food Drive

The nuns, monks, devotees, members, and friends of the Vedanta Society of Southern California pay tribute to the memory of Swami Vivekananda by conducting an annual food drive. Non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items are collected and given to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The Food Bank collects and distributes food and personal items to individuals and over 900 charitable organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Please bring new, unopened, non-perishable food items to the Hollywood bookshop by Sunday, January 22, Swami Vivekananda’s puja.

Suitable Offerings for the Food Bank

  • All food items much be unopened and non-perishable.
  • All cans must have labels, and must not be dented or rusted.
  • All packages must be factory sealed.
  • This year the food bank has requested that we focus on collecting food items that are as healthy as possible—whole grain, low sugar, low fat.

Most Needed Items:

  • Canned Goods: Canned meats, stews, tuna, sardines, ravioli, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, beans, spagetti sauce, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, single serving pop-top canned foods.
  • Packaged Items: Oatmeal, other whole grain hot cereals, rice (especially whole grain), nuts, dried beans, pasta (especially whole wheat), low sugar/high fibre cold cereals, whole grain crackers.
  • Drinks: Coffee, tea, sugarless fruit and vegetable juices in non-breakable containers; shelf stable rice milk, almond milk and soy milk.
  • Personal products: Bar & liquid soap; toothbrushes and toothpaste; laundry soap; shaving supplies; feminine hygiene products; deodorants and perfume; toilet and facial tissues.
  • Financial Contributions are also welcome. Please bring them to the bookshop by Sunday, January 15.

 This year we will also be working to assemble “hygiene kits”, prepare lunch bags, prepare cooked meals, etc. during different days throughout the year as part of our service to the Lord in human form in Southern California, with the help of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH).

You are invited to join us by contributing your time and effort during these offerings of “seva” or “service as worship”. Financial assistance is also welcome. Please contact Swami Mahayogananda or Jit Sarkar who are coordinating these services.

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Remembering Swami Vivekananda through Service as Worship: Annual Food Drive