Food and Supplies
Following the example of our Holy Father Dominic, the early Dominicans relied on donations of food and goods from the faithful for their daily bread. Today, donations of foodstuffs and supplies are still greatly welcomed and appreciated.
Because of our life of poverty, our daily diet is simple and frugal; but with sisters from all parts of the United States and from English, Irish, Italian, German, Mexican, Vietnamese and Indonesian backgrounds, it is also culturally diverse. Basic food items and staples are always welcome - basics are easier to use to meet the dietary and health needs of our sisters. The items used most in our monastery kitchen are the same ones you would consider donating to a food pantry or soup kitchen. For highly perishable items that cannot be easily frozen or preserved, we recommend calling the monastery first to ask whether it is currently needed. Here are a few ideas of our most commonly used products. You may also check out our Food and Pantry NeedsList on AmazonSmile.
Fruits and vegetables: fresh produce, including salad greens; frozen produce; low-sodium or water packed canned vegetables; canned fruits in 100% juice or lite syrup
Proteins: eggs; low-sodium or water-packed canned tuna, salmon and clams; dried beans, peas and lentils; low-sodium canned beans and peas; tofu
Dairy and dairy substitutes: milk (skim or whole); soy or almond milk; canned evaporated milk; sweetened condensed milk; cheeses (cheddar, mozzarella, Monterrey jack, and Parmesan are used the most, we also frequently have use for ricotta, cottage cheese and cream cheese); yogurt
Grains: pasta, barley, rice, etc.; cereals, oats, breads and crackers
Healthy fats: Nuts and seeds; nut butters
Other pantry items: oils; flour, sugar (white and brown), and other basic pantry staples; spices and condiments
You may be wondering, “where’s the meat?” We fast from September to Easter and every Friday of the year. We also abstain from meat at least three days each week (usually Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). When we do eat meat, it is generally less expensive selections and cuts, in keeping with our life of poverty (i.e., ground beef, chicken, etc.).
Another way to support our monastic life is to offer a pre-cooked or “heat and serve” meal. Once per month, our community has a “free day”, that is a day set aside for communal recreation and leisure, and a “hermit day”, a day of retreat and recollection. The gift of a pre-cooked or “heat and serve” meal frees the kitchen sisters to more fully participate in these monthly community days. If you would like to offer a meal, please call in advance to coordinate with our community.
Besides food, other goods and supplies are needed to support our monastic life and the running of our monastery. For specific current needs, please check out our NeedsLists on AmazonSmile or call us. Here are some of our most common general needs.
Personal and hygiene items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, etc.
Clothing and Linens: Upon entering as a postulant, a young woman is given a short list of essential clothing items (such as socks, undergarments, handkerchiefs, sleepwear, etc.) and linens (twin sheets sets, bath and hand towels and washcloths) to bring for her use when she enters. Over time, these items wear out and must be replaced. Many items we currently have a sufficient supply in our common clothing room; but some items, such as white, knee-high socks, are in constant demand. We invite you to check out our AmazonSmile General NeedsList or contact our community via email to ask about our current needs.
Household and Cleaning Supplies: laundry detergent, bleach, chlorine-free whitener, stain remover/pretreater, dishwashing liquid, bath kitchen and bath cleaner, basic cleaning supplies, paper products, including tissues and toilet paper, etc.
Study and Office Supplies: paper (lined paper, copy paper, construction paper, spiral notebooks, composition books, blank index cards: 3x5 and 4x6, sticky notes and notepads); pencils and pens (blue or black pens, #2 pencils, colored pencils, erasers, colored markers, highlighters, dry-erase markers; chalk); general supplies (paper clips, 3-ring binders of various sizes, pocket folders, report covers); other supplies (glue sticks, rubber cement, white craft glue, tape, white-out)
Gift Cards: Amazon.com, grocery, lawn and garden, office supplies, art and craft supplies
Other gifts-in-kind are appreciated, and can supply the monastery with important equipment, tools, supplies, and valuables, such as computers, cameras, art or books, quality vehicles, garden and home improvement tools and equipment, health equipment and other materials helpful to our cloistered life. For specific one-time needs, please check out our AmazonSmile NeedsLists. If you would like to donate an item that is not listed, please contact our community via email to inquire about the options available to you, as we are unable to accept all items.