Gaja turaga Sahasram | Gokulam koti danam | Kanaka Rajatha patram | Methini sagarantham | Upaya kula vishuttam | Koti kanya pradanam | Nahi nahi bahu danam| Annadanam samanam ||
Even if one gifts 1000 elephants, horses or gifts 10 million cows or any number of vessels of silver and gold , gifts the entire land till the sea, offering the entire services of the clan , helps in the marriage of 10 million women, all this is never never equal to Annadanam (Feeding the needy).
Annadhanam holds a special status in our Sanatana Dharma because among all Dhaanams of material, Annadhanam or Food alone gives a sense of sufficient satisfaction to the receiver. Sri MahaPeriyava has extolled the virtues of Annadhanam and the value of Annam in propagating Gnana as blessed by Goddess AnnaPurneshwari.
Volunteers of Sri MahaPeriyava Manimandapam NJ USA have been doing Community Food Drive couple of times a year here in NJ area. We have been taking part in such Kainkaryam along with Siva Saagaram Trust in India.