Auburn Faith Walk for Hunger Oct. 27

by | Oct 21, 2019

Than annual Faith Walk for Hunger to benefit AYFS and Kateri’s Kitchen will be held on Sunday, October 27. All money raised is used to help local families.

Please fill out information on the donation envelope. Sign the statement of consent and if under 18 also have a parent signature. Return the envelope the day of the walk.  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

Date and time of walk: Sunday, October 27, at 1:00

Registration: 12:45 at Auburn Youth and Family Services, Pheasant Court, Auburn. The route begins and ends here. The walk is 2 and 1/2 miles long.

Checks should be made out to AYFS Hunger Walk. Bethel Lutheran church is open for a bathroom stop and apple snack along the way. A driver continuously drives the route if anyone should need a ride back.

Five churches are participating in this event: Bethel  Lutheran, First Congregational, St. Joseph’s, North American Martyrs and St. Thomas’s.

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 2018 the AYFS pantry served 572 individuals, 162 families at Thanksgiving, 170 families at Christmas, and 87 families at Easter. Kateri’s Kitchen served 2,585 individuals in 2018. This is the tenth year of the Auburn Faith Walk for Hunger and over $30,000 has been raised to help keep Auburn hunger free.

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 to recognize 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 day 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.