Friends of Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery often inquire regarding what is needed. Please find below a list of what would help, along with things you might like to know. 

If you wish to contact Tan Mahesako, our Kitchen Supervisor -

e: arunakitchen@ratanagiri.org.uk

Helpful food items

  • Nuts
  • Miso paste
  • Herbal teas
  • Long-life fruit juice
  • Long-life unsweetened soya milk

Helpful non-food items

  • 2nd class stamps
  • A4 100gsm paper
  • Camping gas canisters
  • EPSON ink cartridges (T7021, T7022, T7023, T7024)

Thank you but we have more than we can use of the following items:

Bottled water, Fruits, White rice, Pasta, Potatoes, Cereal, Tea, Coffee, Salt, Pepper, Biscuits, Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Toilet Paper, Cleaning Sprays, Razors, Socks, Jumpers, Hats, Fabric Softener.

From time to time, when we have surplus food and other stores that are more than we can use, we give them to a charity for the homeless or a foodbank.

This list is updated weekly, but do feel free to telephone if you would like more detail. Last update: 19/10/19.

Offering the Meal
If you would like to mark a special anniversary, you could do so by coming to the monastery and offering a particular meal, in part or in full, cooked or to be stored for offering later. You are welcome to cook here using our kitchen or prepare the food in advance and warm it up here.  Our kitchen is available for visitors to use from around 8.30am onward. 

Please note, it is very helpful for those managing the monastery kitchen to be aware if you are planning to join in the midday meal offering. If possible please contact:  sangha@ratanagiri.org.uk or leave a message on 01661 881612

If it is not convenient for you to personally prepare and offer a meal in the monastery kitchen, it is also possible to make a specified donation as a contribution towards a meal. (Note that, to avoid food wastage the cooks might exercise their discretion in regards which food is actually cooked on the day and which is stored). If any part of your donation is unspent it will be made available to purchase food or kitchen items as considered useful. If you would like to have a few words of dedication read out at the time that the meal is received by the sangha, feel free to include this dedication in your correspondence with the secretary (or kitchen manager). It might not always be possible for the meal to be offered on a particular date. Please let your wishes in this matter be known.

Note that if money is sent for a meal in the monastery, a 'plant-based products' policy is usually observed when food items are purchased. If you wish to make an offering in this way please contact: secretary@ratanagiri.org.uk

Health & Safety Regulations

Please note that Health & Safety Regulations prohibit the monastery from re-using left-over food that you cooked at home and re-heated at the monastery. The rules of the Food Standards Agency state that food served at the monastery can only be re-heated once. If you prepare and cook food in the monastery it is fine to ask the kitchen manager if he can store and reheat leftovers on another day. If you have questions about this, please contact the kitchen manager at arunakitchen@ratanagiri.org.uk

Please be aware that the monastery kitchen does not cook with products that include MonoSodium Glutamate (MSG/E621).