Mama’s Kitchen is committed to fighting HIV/AIDS and cancer through the power of nutrition. With the belief that every person is entitled to the basic necessity of life - nutritious food - we provide a meal delivery service and food pantry to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer and vulnerable to hunger. In 2012, Mama’s Kitchen supplied 480,290 nourishing meals to 1,401 individuals. Equally as important, we provided the relief, hope and compassion that many of our critically ill meal recipients credit with helping them look forward to full, happy, and healthy futures.
Our agency responds to San Diego’s need for a county-wide meal delivery service for people living with AIDS or cancer who are physically and/or mentally unable to prepare meals for themselves, and their children. Our food pantry targets low-income, HIV-positive individuals who are healthy enough to not require meal deliveries, but whose health would benefit from a free grocery supplement.
Mama’s Kitchen collaborates with case managers and healthcare providers to reach our target population, and provides the nutrition they need to (1) maintain essential weight, (2) strengthen their immune systems, and (3) properly metabolize medications for AIDS or cancer. We also deliver meals to the dependent children of our meal recipients to remove the stress from parents so they can focus on adhering to treatment.
Mama’s Kitchen is the sole agency in San Diego County that delivers 100% nutrition (breakfast, lunch and dinner for 365 days a year) to men, women and children affected by AIDS or 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. Convinced we can do more, we are raising awareness across San Diego County about our meal deliveries.
Background: Mama’s Kitchen was established in 1990 by a resident of San Diego who enlisted volunteers to help prepare and deliver free lunches and dinners to neighbors suffering from AIDS. Having lost her brother to the disease, this resident chose to honor her mother by naming the agency “Mama’s Kitchen.”
Mama’s Kitchen has since delivered more than six-million meals to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer and vulnerable to hunger. Our agency has never charged for our home-delivered meals or pantry food, denied food to an eligible individual, or started a waiting list. Mama’s Kitchen remains committed to extending life, love, and a helping hand to neighbors in need.