2019  JANUARY - FEBRUARY


 Portland Mother's Kitchen

Since 2005, the Portland Mother's Kitchen Team has been consistently active with sevites, supporting various work projects for hunger-relief, disaster-relief and winter clothing drives.  The team gleaned, cooked, transported and served meals to many of Portland’s neediest people.  The satsang created Compassion Bags for victims of Hurricane Katrina, sent clothing and comforters to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, organized winter clothing and hygiene drives, provided propane tanks, building materials and emotional support to thousands of people experiencing homelessness. The Mother's Kitchen Team partnered with various Portland nonprofits including:


 
    
           Potluck in the Park and Clothing Drive

Dignity Village Camp, gleaned, cooked 7200 hot meals - 1 year project  

Blanchet House, feeding station-substance abuse recovery center, monthly meal service - 5 Year Project  

Potluck in the Park, served 500-800 meals every Sunday - 3 Year Project 

YWCA Christmas Dinner for 1200 - 2 Year Project

Sunshine Pantry, toy drive

Sisters of the Road, program support 

Loaves & Fishes, food moving

Saint Francis, food donations

Transitions Project, data entry

Rose Haven Women's Center - plus size clothing drive 

Right To Dream Too - “Doors of Perception” painting project  

Portland City Hall Sit-Lie Camp - meal service  

Multnomah County Winter Shelter, prepared over 3000 sack meals - 6 Month Project 

SOS Women’s Shelter - current weekly meal for 70


 

In 2006, Amma appeared to Gunaja in a dream with the command, “Kitchen! Cook!” The next day Gunaja received a call from Abhaya & Satyavan hoping to regift a turkey to a non-vegetarian household. Scotti said, “Let’s make turkey curry for the hungry," and the project took form. Gunaja confirmed that residents of Dignity Village, a homeless camp on the outskirts of town would welcome a hot meal for fifty people. Aurora Karuna donated a massive cooking vat. Satsang members Sumati & Michael, Carolyn, Jeanine, Veda, Kusuma, Priscilla and Niseema & Akhilesh agreed to prepare side dishes and provide supplies for the meal. Gunaja cooked the main course and Scotti transported pots of steaming curry and rice, plus a propane tank and portable stove for reheating, to the camp.


 

Durga and Brent at Portland Mother's Kitchen
 


Gunaja & Scotti’s garage and kitchen became the hub for food donations, veggie chopping and cooking. Market of Choice donated organic produce, dairy products and day old sushi. The campers were leery of tasting the exotic looking sushi but became connoisseurs of yellowtail, spicy tuna and crab entrees until a camper complained, “Tell the store the ahi was a little dry last month.” Another camper “Grace” fell in love with our Amma when she heard our stories, so Veda drove her to Seattle to meet Amma. Grace spent the day doing seva then received a beautiful and lengthly darshan from Amma. Several months later Grace died, the campers told us Amma's photo was near her bed.


Scotti at Potluck in the Park, and with a generous donation from Dave's Bread


When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, we gathered at the home of Niseema & Akilesh and filled 108 Compassion Bags with hygiene items, a Hershey’s kiss and an Amma quote.  A local non-profit  transported and distributed our bags to flood victims in shelters in New Orleans. 

Gunaja & Scotti were the seva leads for most projects until his sudden death in 2016.  Since then Arunima Menon has taken the lead and coordinated a weekly meal for 70 guests at the SOS Women’s Shelter in downtown Portland. For more infomation or to join the project, contact arunimamenon@yahoo.com (Arunima Menon in pink, toward left, below.)



Gunaja at right with today's Portland Mother's Kitchen team


Our Beginning...
In 1996, people inspired by Amma's teachings about serving the poor asked her if they should find a place with a real need and try to help. When Amma said yes, they found a small soup kitchen in west Oakland serving free meals every weekday while operating on a shoestring budget. Mother’s Kitchen began serving hot meals there twice a month, soon adding bagged lunches too.  Very soon, Mother's Kitchens began popping up all over the map, first in Dallas and Seattle, then Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, and we are now at 50 plus in the United States, Canada and Central America, serving over 150,000 meals annually. Our bi-monthly Newsletter will highlight the wide variety of Mother's Kitchens across the country.


Join us to make a difference. Check the Mother's Kitchen closest to you here >>.


Serving the Hungry . Helping the Homeless . Spreading Amma's Love .

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