The annual Walk for Hunger will be held on Sunday, October 23 at 1:00pm at Auburn Youth and Family Services on Pheasant Ct., Auburn.

  • Registration: 12:45 p.m. at Auburn Youth & Family Services, Pheasant Court, Auburn. The route begins and ends here.
  • The walk is approximately 2 miles long.
  • All money raised is used to help local families.
  • You can get a registration packet at AYFS.
  • Please fill out the information on the donation envelope.
  • Sign the Statement of Consent on the envelope, and if under 18, also ·have a parent sign.
  • Return the envelope on the day of the walk.
  • All checks should be made out to AYFS Hunger Walk.
  • Please bring one nonperishable food item to the walk, which will be donated to a food pantry.

If you are unable to walk but would like to participate, or have any questions, please call Christine Benvenuti (508 755-8548) or email

The mission of the Auburn Youth & Family Services (AYFS) food pantry program is to help alleviate hunger for Auburn’s children and families. As well as to educate families about the importance of good nutrition. This corresponds to our overall mission to “promote the healthy development or youth and families in Auburn.”

AYFS provides assistance with gifts and food baskets to any family in Auburn who fills out an application. In 2015, 455 people were served from the food pantry. People in the Auburn community come bi-weekly.

In addition, baskets of food are given out at holidays. At Easter, families (165 individuals) were given baskets of food. The number at Thanksgiving was 141 families (408 individuals) and for Christmas, it was 147 families (423 individuals). AYFS is always in need of food donations. While the community is very generous during the winter and holiday months, the Food Pantry service is provided throughout the year.

AYFS is also on the lookout for gently used clothing. Seasonal men’s’, women’s’, children’s and infant clothing are needed as well as shoes, coats, hats, gloves, and scarves during the winter months.

The mission or Kateri’s Kitchen is “Recognizing the fact that, in today’s world, there are many who are in need of the basics for every day survival, Kateri’s Kitchen was formed in an attempt to meet some of these needs.”

Kateri’s ‘s Kitchen is considered an “emergency kitchen,” providing food for three days, for those who are in need. Kateri’s ‘s Kitchen is open every Saturday from 10-12 to serve area families or individuals in need of assistance. Parishioners from North American Martyrs’ Church and others help to “stock our shelves” by donating food items. Donations may be placed in the basket at the offertory part of the Mass, or they can be left in the classroom at the back entrance to the church.

Each month, approximately 300 individuals within the greater Auburn community are given food assistance. 3,863 individuals were served in 2014, an increase of 9% over 2013.