Alberto Cortés Receives Spirit of Carol Sigelman Award

On October 28th, our CEO Alberto Cortés was honored by The North County Philanthropy Council for their dedication to our mission and vision. Alberto had the honor of accepting the “Spirit of Carol Sigelman Award” for showing his prowess in the nonprofit sector for 32 years! In the last two years alone, Alberto’s leadership has helped… Read the full article »


Alberto Cortés celebrates 20 years as CEO of Mama’s Kitchen

This fall, Alberto Cortés celebrates his 20th year as Executive Director/CEO of Mama’s Kitchen. Alberto’s impactful leadership over the past two decades has shaped Mama’s Kitchen into a San Diego institution and indispensable resource for the most vulnerable members of our community. We sat down with past board chair Tom D’Amico to reminisce about Alberto’s… Read the full article »


Volunteer Spotlight: The Stech Family

Meet Summer and Brad Stech, a San Diego couple who gives back to their community by volunteering as a family.  Brad and Summer have been long time friends. Both attended the same middle school and high school in San Antonio, Texas. In high school both ran with the same crowd and ended up having theatre… Read the full article »


American Heart Month: Ways to Join the Effort

A healthier heart can lead to a healthier life! This month, we hope to encourage and motivate everyone to adopt heart-healthy behaviors, together. Research shows having social support and personal networks makes getting regular physical activity, eating healthy, losing weight, reducing stress, and quitting smoking easier. Here are five ways to get started! Encourage Healthy… Read the full article »


Letter from a Client

  “Without Mama’s Kitchen I wouldn’t be alive. I’ve been sick so very much since my husband of 20+ years died; I am not so much that woman any longer. By myself completely disabled, left knee broke, right wrist broke, degenerative disc disease (5 discs removed),with HIV barely above AIDS. I’ve lost 49 pounds. Without… Read the full article »


A Festive Fall Recipe

  Fall is upon us and it seems that everywhere you turn there are pumpkins! The good news is that this fall favorite is a delicious and nutritious addition to your meal. Pumpkin is low in calories and fat while providing lots of vitamins and minerals. One cup of cooked pumpkin counts as a serving… Read the full article »


San Diego Pride

2017 Pride Parade More than 25 staff members and volunteers gathered at the Pride Flag in Hillcrest on Saturday, July 15, to celebrate and support the LGBT community. Allied in Action: United for Justice, this year’s event was the biggest parade in San Diego, to date, including more than 240 contingents from all over the… Read the full article »


Be a Part of the Future of Mama’s Kitchen

By including Mama’s Kitchen in your estate plans, you can make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other critical illnesses. There are many ways to make a planned gift, but the easiest is to name Mama’s Kitchen in your will or trust. Your gift will provide a significant… Read the full article »


Thoughts from a Client

“I got cancer 10 months ago and still can’t get my SSI to go through to this day. I was eating poorly, have since lost my phone service and am couch surfing. Your services are an absolute Godsend! Physically, it is obvious I am eating better, but more over it has brought great emotional relief…. Read the full article »


Healthy Summer Recipes

Summer Peach Salsa Serves: 6 Serving Size: ½ cup Ingredients: 2 peaches, cored and cubed 1 ripe tomato, cored and cubed 2 tablespoons jalapeno, diced 1 teaspoon vinegar Chopped cilantro Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 hours before serving. – Recipe… Read the full article »


A Healthier Way to Bake

Today’s healthy diet means cutting down on fat, not just calories. Yet, if you’re like most people, you still want to enjoy your favorite foods-especially delicious desserts- without sacrificing taste. Modern cooks have come up with solution to the question of how to achieve a balance between the delicious, satisfying food we love and our… Read the full article »


Calendar of Events: April – July 2017

Thursday, April 13:   Volunteer Orientation 4-5 p.m. at Mama’s Kitchen Tuesday, April 25:  Volunteer Orientation 4-5 p.m. at Mama’s Kitchen Friday, May 12:   Mama’s Day, 6:30-9:30 p.m. General Admission; 5:30 VIP Entrance, at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine Thursday May 18: Volunteer Orientation 4-5 p.m. at Mama’s Kitchen Tuesday, May 30: Volunteer Orientation… Read the full article »


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 »


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 »


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 »


PROTEIN: 101

What is Protein? The word “protein” may conjure up thoughts of steak, soy or the latest high-protein, weight loss diet. Yet protein is not a food, but a necessary macronutrient that the body uses to build lean muscle, synthesize hormones, grow hair and nails, and maintain organs. Proteins are made up of building blocks, called… Read the full article »