HIV and Your Diet: How to Get the Nutrition You Need

  Reprinted from Everyday Health High-fiber produce and anti-inflammatory omega-3s can help keep your immune system strong. By Kelly Mickle Medically Reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD Good nutrition is important for everyone, but when you’re living with HIV, a well-balanced diet can be especially valuable in helping you ward off other diseases while boosting your… Read the full article »


RMD Group Supports Mama with a Virtual Food Drive

Mama’s Kitchen would like thank our friends at RMD Group for a hosting a virtual food drive to support our pantry service! Mama’s Kitchen’s pantry service helps provide lifesaving nutrition to San Diegans who are low-income and living with HIV/AIDS. Unlike other food banks and pantries, we offer perishable foods such as fresh ground beef,… Read the full article »


Letter from a Client

“Before I started receiving Mama’s Kitchen I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from and I was 20 lbs. underweight. I had no energy and was under constant stress. Just knowing there is food in my fridge and cabinets has given me great relief. I have since gained 20 lbs. I hadn’t even… Read the full article »


A Message from the Executive Director – Winter 2017

Our experience at Mama’s Kitchen during the holiday season is an affirming one. It’s one that leaves us feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the expressions of generosity witnessed at this time: Food drives that support Mama’s Pantry; Financial gifts that support all of Mama’s services; and Volunteers that are eager to support the… Read the full article »


Mama’s Meal Services

Mama’s Kitchen helps people in our community who are struggling with AIDS or cancer get a second chance at life by providing 100% recommended daily nutrition to them during their illness. Often when illness strikes, our clients have nowhere to turn and are too sick to shop and cook for themselves and their children. In… Read the full article »


Calendar of Events January-May 2017

January 26                       Volunteer Orientation, Mama’s Kitchen, 4-5 p.m. Jan. 20 – Feb. 19             Altar Boyz playing at Coronado Playhouse February 1 – 29               Month-of-Love – Host a Food Drive! February 9                       Volunteer Orientation, Mama’s Kitchen, 4-5 p.m. February 21                     Volunteer Orientation, Mama’s Kitchen, 10-11 a.m. May 12                             Mama’s… Read the full article »


Our Newest Program: Medical Nutrition Therapy

  Food is Medicine Maintaining nutritional health is important to the overall health and immune system function for people living with HIV/AIDS. Many HIV-related conditions affect, and are affected by, the body’s nutritional status. To meet the nutritional needs of our clients, in 2016 Mama’s Kitchen began offering Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). Designed to educate… Read the full article »


Nutrition News – All About Cheese

Cheese, Cheese, Cheese! Lots of us have a love/hate relationship with cheese. We love how it goes with a good glass of wine, tops a pizza or is a handy snack. We don’t care so much for its saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium content. The good news is that cheese can be part of a… Read the full article »


Remembering Those We’ve Lost

It is a great honor to have been able to provide comfort and hope to our clients who’ve battled critical illness at the end of their lives. While they are no longer physically with us, their spirit is always with us. Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Francis R., Rita B., Lisa… Read the full article »


Letter from a Client

“I have been very grateful. Your meal deliveries kept me from starving. I lost over 50 lbs. in three months and have mobility problems. At one point, I had zero income, and because I was late sending in a bank statement it took me three months to get my food stamps. Mama’s Kitchen has been… Read the full article »


A Good Friend to Mama

Mama’s Kitchen would like to thank Swinerton and the Swinerton Foundation for their generous support throughout 2016! This year, Swinerton volunteers spent several afternoons in our kitchen preparing vegetable and snack items for our Home-Delivered Meals Service. These items are staples of our meal deliveries and help us provide a fresh and diverse menu to… Read the full article »


Pie in the Sky – A Sweet Success!

Thank you to all the volunteers, bakers, and sponsors, along with individuals and team sellers for their amazing energy and dedication to our Pie in the Sky bake sale. With the community’s united efforts, we surpassed our goal and raised over $127,000 which helps ensure individuals who are living with AIDS or cancer have hot… Read the full article »


This Holiday, Donate to our Virtual Food Drive

  If you’d like to donate food or host a food drive, why not do it online? It’s easy, and by donating to Mama’s Virtual Food Drive, you can take advantage of our wholesale bulk buying power. That means your donation dollars go further, and your ability to help those in need is increased. Mama’s… Read the full article »


The Normal Heart at Ion Theatre to Benefit Mama’s Kitchen

Mama’s Kitchen is teaming up with the Ion Theatre for a special performance of The Normal Heart on November 30th. 10% of all Nov. 30 ticket sales will be donated to Mama’s Kitchen, and you’ll have a chance to hear our Executive Director, Alberto Cortés, speak before the show. The Normal Heart runs from Nov…. Read the full article »


Join Us for World AIDS Day, December 1st

Each year, Mama’s Kitchen and Village Hillcrest commemorate World AIDS Day by recognizing and remembering those affected by AIDS, as well as the ongoing leadership efforts made to end the epidemic. It is an evening of special memories, singing and sharing, and a candle lighting to honor those affected by AIDS. Join us at our… Read the full article »


Calendar of Events – November-December 2016

Tuesday, November 1: Volunteer Orientation, 4-5 p.m. at Mama’s Kitchen Saturday, November 5: All-levels yoga class at Mosaic Yoga, 6:30 p.m. All donations benefit Mama’s Kitchen. If you’re unable to make the class, you can contribute at https://goo.gl/gT1GJh Thursday November 17: Volunteer Orientation, 4-5 p.m. at Mama’s Kitchen Saturday, November 12: Pie Box-Making Party at Mama’s Kitchen… Read the full article »


Bring Warm Holiday Spirit to Our Neighbors Battling Illness

Celebrate the spirit of giving with your friends and family and help Mama’s Kitchen feed our sick clients who are in need and often alone during the holidays. There are lots of ways that you can have fun while making a difference in the lives of homebound and critically ill neighbors: Buy or sell Thanksgiving pies… Read the full article »


In Memoriam

Our clients inspire us with their courage and strength during their struggle with critical illness. Our condolences to the friends and family of our clients who have recently passed, including Stanley P. and Steve G.