Food Drive ~ Karuna Seva ~ Serving the underprivileged and hungry with compassion! Karuna means compassion, Seva is service. SMVA Trust volunteers serve their fellow human beings with compassion and selfless service.
SMVA Trust coordinates local food drives to help our neighbors in need. Volunteers join hands to both prepare and distribute nutritious meals to the homeless and the underprivileged through Karuna Seva to all humanity – just not in India, but also globally.
SMVA Trust volunteers have continued to reach out to their local communities even in the time of COVID-19.
Having fun with volunteers, friends or family while making a difference is a great way of serving our community. It’s a great team-building opportunity and learning experience. It doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact. Together with hundreds of volunteers your time can make a difference for your neighbors struggling with hunger.
Our members are dedicated to collecting food for the underprivileged, especially to assist their needs in all seasons. Volunteers maintain the highest standards of food safety. They distribute food items that would normally be thrown away. Billions of pounds of safe, healthy & nutritious food is thrown away each year in America.
In difficult economic times, such waste is unnecessary and our “Seva” initiative partners with churches and other philanthropic organizations to meet the needs of the growing population of hungry. We are dedicated to collecting food for the underprivileged, especially to assist their needs in all seasons.
For those living with food insecurity and without regular access to affordable, nutritious fresh food, SMVA Trust through the Karuna Seva is not only a critical supply of food, but also fosters a stronger sense of community and social responsibility.
SMVA volunteers in Dallas, Texas feed approximately 300-350 homeless people once a month at either Austin Street Shelter in downtown Dallas, an adult only shelter, or Family Gateway, a family shelter. This is an on-going service.
Our volunteers plate the food for the homeless and serve them with a smile. We have been doing this great humanitarian service since approximately January 2015, and never skipped a month.
Currently due to the pandemic, we increased our donations to accommodate the community needs. We now provide one hot meal as well or other foods items such as bagged sandwiches, fresh fruit, health bars, cookies, chips, juice boxes and water.
In October, 2020, SMVA volunteers in Dallas had a blanket and toiletry drive and donated approximately 250 blankets and toiletries to Austin Street Shelter, Dallas location, to celebrate the birthday of Her Holiness Amma Sri Karunamayi.
Dallas SMVA volunteers will continue to serve the community under the guidance and leadership of Amma Sri Karunamayi.
Once a month SMVA volunteers in the Atlanta area do Narayana seva (helping those in need) at “My Sister’s House”, located on Howell Mill road, Atlanta, Ga.
My Sister’s House is an overnight shelter for roughly 275 women and children experiencing homelessness. The shelter provides a safe and healthy environment in which women and children can recover and grow from past experiences that may have contributed towards their present circumstances and work towards a sustainable income and housing. The shelter organizers work with each woman and child in a way that is sensitive to the unique needs of each woman and child. Hannah Richardson is the coordinator we work with to schedule our dinner service.
SMVA Trust volunteers provide a healthy meal consisting of vegetarian chili, pasta, mac & cheese, salad, dinner rolls, water, bananas, and candy. Volunteers prepare the chili, pasta, and mac & cheese, and the salad. The other items (candy, water, dinner rolls, and bananas) are store bought.
The dinner service happens on the 4th Wednesday of every month. Prior to COVID-19, volunteers went in person every month to do the dinner service. Due to COVID the shelter has shut down and in-person service is no longer possible. However, they continue to do “NO CONTACT delivery only” dinner service during COVID-19.
SMVA Trust is fortunate to have dedicated volunteers, who do this service every month. They collect the dinner from volunteers who prepare them, and deliver it at the shelter.
Here are some pictures of the work done to make this delivery possible every month.