There are three ways to offer a meal to monks:
1) Food Donations
As in the time of the Buddha, the monastery doesn’t grow or buy food and therefore is completely dependent on daily alms and donations of food. Please call the Monks Residence prior to donating food items to inquire about which specific things are currently needed. Kitchen needs change frequently, and this is particularly the case with fresh food. We would encourage you to check the wish list.
2) Offering a Meal
At the monastery offering food to the monastic community provides an opportunity to visit and participate in the lifestyle of the monastery. A simple menu is fine, but do remember that it is the only meal for the day. You may feel awkward preparing food in someone else’s kitchen. If that is the case, it may be easier if you’ve prepared the main dish ahead of time. If you are interested in offering a meal, please call the Monk’s Residence to reserve your day.
The monastics eat one main meal a day in late morning and the monastic regulations require that they finish by midday. If you would like to make an offering for the meal, please call in advance if possible. Also you can arrange for the monks to go out for lunch.
3) Offering Goods and Supplies
The monastic code requires the sangha to be dependent upon the lay community for all their physical needs. Besides food, if you are planning to visit the Monk’s Residence and would like to bring either food offerings or useful supplies, you can check the current list of needed items by checking the wish list.