Everyday, Mama’s Kitchen is helping feed more than 600 people battling cancer, HIV, and other autoimmune diseases and conditions in San Diego County. Recently, our phones have been ringing off the hook with requests for help. In fact, it’s the highest demand we’ve ever seen in our 30 year history of making meals for our neighbors. 

And it’s all due to the unprecedented crisis caused by COVID-19. For Mama’s Kitchen and similar organizations in San Diego, COVID-19 has meant doing a lot more with much less. 

In order to ensure the safety of our volunteers and staff, we’ve had to limit the number of people in our kitchen. We’ve also had to cancel the annual Mama’s Day, our largest celebration and fundraiser. This cancellation is a gut punch for us. Mama’s Day features the best of San Diego’s food scene and the chance to enjoy it with the people we care about the most. 

We know every individual, family, and organization has had to make similar decisions to cancel important opportunities to share experiences and raise vital funds. And we’re grateful to everyone who has made those tough decisions, as it helps keep the most vulnerable San Diegans safe. 

So, try and enjoy your time at home. And every time your time you’re inspired to make food or eat a meal, do us a big favor: snap a quick picture, post it on social media, tag us with our user name (@mamaskitchensd) or use the hashtag #MealswithMama, and post the link to this page. Encourage the people you know to do the same. And if you can give a few bucks, we’d be super appreciative. 

Even five dollars a month can go a long way in helping us feed our most vulnerable neighbors. 

Thank you for all you do to support Mama’s Kitchen. And thank you for telling all your friends to enjoy your #MealswithMama!