Local food banks have seen a steady rise in need since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our neighbours and friends have experienced loss of income due to illness, health risks to themselves or family, and local business closures. Our community is in need and Gaden Samten Ling wants to help!
Beginning Sunday, May 10th, 2020, Gaden Samten Ling will be accepting non-perishable food donations at the centre. Items can be dropped off in the collection bin on the front porch of the temple on Sundays between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. In respect of current social distancing efforts, please do not enter the centre.
Sagadawa is a time when Buddhist practitioners make extra efforts in their spiritual practice and seek opportunities to put that practice into action. The Gaden Samten Ling Food Drive is a wonderful opportunity for members and friends to practice generosity, the first of the Six Perfections, during this karmically powerful time.
Kushok will offer all collected donations to the Food Bank on behalf of the Gaden Samten Ling Dharma Family on the full moon, Friday June 5th, 2020.
All participants will share in this merit!
Food Collection Dates & Times:
Sunday, May 10th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 17th, 11:00 am -2:00 pm
Sunday, May 24th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 31st, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
If you would like to drop off food donations at times other than those listed above, please contact the office at [email protected] to make arrangements. Please do not leave food donations on days other than Sundays without speaking to an office volunteer first. In addition, please note that we are not able to accept financial donations to the Food Bank. If you would prefer to donate financially, Kushok asks that you please contact the food bank directly.
All unopened, non-perishable food items will be gratefully accepted, however the Edmonton Food Bank has identified the following as items as “most needed” :
Canned beans, Canned meat, Baby formula, Peanut Butter, Soup, Canned fruit & vegetables, Pasta & pasta sauce, Healthy snacks (fruit cups, granola bars, 100% juice)
Thank you for your continued support of Gaden Samten Ling. We hope that you will join us in this collective act of generosity in support of our Edmonton community.