As the pandemic began, countless people lost their jobs, their income, their relatives, their friends. And as the pandemic grinds on, the problem is not going away – it’s only getting worse.
Every week since April 2020, Empty Cloud Monastery has been providing fresh organic food to families in need. As time has gone by, we’ve narrowed down our focus to serving local Latina women and their families. This community, comprising mainly essential workers, has experienced a huge number of sickness and death due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their plight has been exacerbated by a lack of governmental support, job losses, and even deportation of family members by I.C.E.
Thanks to kind donations we have been able to feed more than forty families each week, giving food to about 150 people in need. We have seen that the program helps to not only address the emergency food shortage these families are facing, but that it’s also provided a source of nutritional, fresh food to families that don’t always have access to high-quality produce.
As we get more and more connected with the community, we would like to keep our program going! If you would like to nurture the Buddhist qualities of compassion and generosity, you can support our efforts by contributing to our project. All donations go directly to purchasing fresh organic produce, which is delivered to the doorstep of dozens of struggling families throughout the Newark area.
$30 – Support one family for one week
$120 – Support one family for an entire month
$1200 – Support all the families for one week