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 Jason, our Kitchen Manager -

e: arunakitchen@ratanagiri.org.uk

Helpful food items

  • Tofu (fresh and long life)
  • Long life unsweetened soy milk
  • Coffee mate

Helpful non-food items

Larger items that could usefully be sponsored

    If you would like to help sponsoring any of the following items, please contact the monastery secretary for more information.

    • Raising the Plinth under the Buddha rupa besides the monastery lake.

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

Bottled water, Fruit, White rice, Pasta, Potatoes, Cereal, Tea, Coffee, Salt, Pepper, Biscuits, Vegetable oil, 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.

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.
As an alternative, it is possible to make a specific donation to cover the mid-day meal. Lay 
supporters have kindly agreed to use the donated funds to buy food and prepare the meal for the  community on your behalf. Any surplus food will be stored in the larder for future use, and if any  part of your donation is unspent it will be used by the stewards, to buy food or kitchen items as  needed. It may not always be possible for the meal to be offered on a particular date.
Note that if money is sent for a meal in the monastery, a 'plant-based products' policy is usually observed when our stewards purchase food items. 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).