The annual Auburn Walk for Hunger will be held on Sunday, October 22 at 1:00pm at Auburn Youth and Family Services on Pheasant Ct., Auburn. The walk begins at 1:00pm, registration begins at 12:45pm at AYFS. The walk is approximately 2.5 miles.

All money raised is used to help local families who need the services of these food banks. All checks should be made out to AYFS Hunger Walk. Please bring one non-perishable food item on the day of the walk.

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


The mission of Auburn Youth and 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 of youth and families in Auburn”.

AYFS provides assistance with gifts and food baskets to any family in Auburn who fills out an application. In 2016 (461 people) between 40 and 55 families received food from the food bank bi-weekly. At Easter, the Food Bank served 70 families (184 individuals), at Thanksgiving, 132 families (405 individuals) and at Christmas, 142 families (438 individuals).

AYFS is always in need of food donations. While the community is very generous during the winter and holiday months, the Food Bank service is provided all  through the year.

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

The mission of Kateri’s Kitchen is as follows: 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 Kitchen is considered an “emergency kitchen” providing food for 3 days to those who are in need. Kateri’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 left in the classroom at the back of the church.

Approximately 250 to 275 individuals per month, within the greater Auburn community, are given food assistance. In all, 3,232 individuals received assistance in 2016.