Created in 2006, this program home-delivers meals to people living with cancer, under age 60, who are physically and/or mentally unable to prepare their own meals. We target this age group because they are a demographic overlooked by other meal delivery agencies, which typically target seniors age 60 and above. In 2012, 48,921 nourishing meals were delivered to 126 San Diegans struggling with cancer.
To reach our target population, we collaborate with case managers and healthcare providers that certify a program applicant’s eligibility, refer them to us, and recertify their eligibility every six months.
This is the sole program in San Diego County that delivers 100% nutrition (breakfast, lunch and dinner for 365 days a year) to individuals affected by cancer, on a county-wide basis, free of charge. We measure the effectiveness of our meal deliveries with an annual survey of all active meal recipients. The following quote from a recipient of home-delivered meals illustrates the need to be met by this program:
I didn’t know who could cook for me or help me during the time of chemotherapy, which is such a hard time. [Mama’s Kitchen volunteers] were the most incredible angels that have ever come to my door. I open the door three times a week and there’s hot meals, and there’s fruit, and, I gained 20 pounds.”