Mama’s Kitchen was established in 1990 by a San Diego caregiver who enlisted volunteers to help prepare and deliver free meals to a few neighbors who were sick with AIDS and unable to get to the grocery store or cook food. During a time when little was known about this vicious disease, a caring community came together to ensure that those suffering were given a chance at life and were able to receive one of their most basic rights – the right to nutritious food. Since then, Mama’s Kitchen has grown into a service that provides three meals a day, free of charge, to our neighbors across San Diego County who are struggling with HIV/AIDS or cancer, and their dependent children.
Since our beginning, Mama’s Kitchen has continuously evolved, responding to the needs of our community. In 2004, we opened a food pantry for low-income HIV positive residents. In 2006, Mama’s Kitchen expanded its mission to include meal delivery to those affected by cancer. And in 2013, Mama’s piloted an education program to teach HIV positive people the skills to manage their diagnosis through proper nutrition.
Through our services, we are able to provide food, compassion and hope to over 1,300 people annually. In our 26 years of service, Mama’s Kitchen has delivered over eight million meals. We have never turned away a client eligible for our services – and we are determined that we never will.