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 »


Heart-Healthy Recipes

Show your heart some love by preparing tasty, nutritious meals for American Heart Month! When we take care of our hearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same. Bon appétit! Breakfast Egg White Omelet With Diced Tomato, Sliced Avocado & Cotija Cheese Ingredients: Dice Tomatoes… Read the full article »


Mama’s Kitchen Completes Diabetes Pilot Program Evaluation

Every day, our staff and volunteers witness the impact of our medically tailored meals and nutrition intervention. But aside from first-hand experience, research and data collected around medically tailored meals shows how services like ours can improve overall health and can slow or stop disease progression. When we first began serving individuals with uncontrolled type… Read the full article »


Mama’s Kitchen Hires New Chief Operating Officer

Mama’s Kitchen is happy to announce that our organization has added a new position to its executive staff, hiring our first Chief Operating Officer (COO). Andrew Picard will begin serving as Mama’s Kitchen’s COO on February 1, 2022. This newly created position will increase our organization’s capacity in both breadth and complexity, while assuring continued… Read the full article »


Messages of gratitude from our clients

Messages of happiness, healing, rejoice, and gratitude are, of course, some of our favorite types of messages we receive from our clients. Throughout the year, we receive meaningful notes that remind us why cook and deliver thousands of meals each week and work so hard to support our neighbors in need. Read some of these… Read the full article »


Mama’s Kitchen Client: Jaymee

Cancer does not descriminate, it affects people across all ages, races and classes. Our client Jaymee J. is all too familiar with “That Sh*t Called Cancer.” She was at the top of her career as a former TV host, and movie personality in the Philippines when she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in… Read the full article »


Mama’s Kitchen’s Response To The Supply Chain Crisis

While the pandemic has started to improve, a second crisis has hit the nation and our own community – a global supply chain disruption. As Mama’s Kitchen’s Executive Chef, I want to share with you, our stakeholders, how this impacts Mama’s Kitchen, and how we are responding and preparing for this crisis, which is expected… Read the full article »


A Year After Expansion: Reflections From Our New Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Program

Exactly twelve months ago, Mama’s Kitchen was enrolling our first client into our new Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Program.   When we received a generous grant from the Cushman Foundation to expand our mission scope and launch this program, we predicted serving 15 clients the first year, and 90 by the third year. Twelve months later, we have served 92 clients, close to six… Read the full article »


18 Months In

For a majority of us, the past 18 months have been defined by change.   But for too many, that change has meant not having a safe and secure source of healthy food for themselves or their family. Mama’s Kitchen has served more than 1 million healthy, medically tailored meals since the beginning of the pandemic – representing 10% of the 10 million meals we have served since our… Read the full article »


National Nonprofit Day | August 17, 2021

Every year, Mama’s Kitchen helps thousands of San Diegans who are vulnerable to hunger due to critical illness by providing medically tailored meals, nutrition counseling and pantry services – all at no cost. Last year, Mama’s Kitchen home delivered 523,038 medically tailored meals to individuals affected by cancer, HIV, type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure,… Read the full article »


State of the Kitchen Address | August 11, 2021

Thank you to all who tuned in for the State of the Kitchen Address on August 11th! If you didn’t get a chance to watch live, check out the recorded broadcast below and be sure to subscribe to our Youtube page here. During our one-hour address, CEO Alberto Cortés shares some of our recent successes,… Read the full article »


Happy Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth from Mama’s Kitchen!  On June 19th, 1865, Union-Major General Gordon Granger brought news of the Emancipation Proclamation to people who were enslaved in Texas.   This news came two years after President Lincoln issued the Proclamation, but not every territory in the US had followed the president’s orders to free all enslaved people. On June 19th,… Read the full article »


2020 Volunteers of the Year

Congratulations to this year’s Volunteers of the Year! Thank you so much for the immeasurable value of work you’ve have done for Mama’s Kitchen and those fighting critical illnesses in San Diego. We can not thank you all enough, and want to let you all know that your dedication is essential to the work that… Read the full article »


30th Annual Mama’s Day: Culinary Cook-off Recipes

Check out the recipes used in our 30th Annual Mama’s Day Culinary Cook-off! Featuring dishes from Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien and Mama’s Kitchen Executive Chef Jason Martin.   Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons white miso 1 tablespoon soy 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 tablespoons water 6 large eggs 3/4 cup fresh… Read the full article »


Make a Gift in Honor of Our 10 Millionth Meal

  Thank you for celebrating the delivery of Mama’s Kitchen’s 10 millionth meal! This milestone, was reached sooner than expected due an overall 50% increase in demand for our services as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. Thank you for supporting our mission and helping us serve the next million meals.


10 Millionth Meal Celebration!

Mama’s Kitchen delivers our 10 millionth meal! On Wednesday, March 31, Mama’s Kitchen will be celebrating the delivery of the 10 millionth meal served from our kitchen since our founding in 1990. The 10 millionth meal milestone has been reached sooner than expected due to the overall 50% increase in demand for our services as… Read the full article »


To Answer Your Questions…

Given the exceptional times we are living, the notable evolution and responsiveness to greater community need… I feel compelled to keep the conversation going by communicating on a more frequent basis during the gaps between our virtual updates. The format, as suggested by the title, will be addressing questions you, our volunteers, bring forth.  These… Read the full article »


“State of the Kitchen” Address

Our CEO Alberto Cortés did a live update on our operations and emergency response efforts, while addressing some of the questions that were submitted ahead of time. Watch the video below.


Important information about CARES Act and Year-end Giving

With so many life changes occurring throughout 2020, we want to provide some important resources that could assist your charitable giving and tax planning this year. Regardless of where you plan to give, our team at Mama’s Kitchen always hopes to be a beneficial resource for you and your family. When the CARES Act was passed in March, it… Read the full article »


Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends, It gives me great pride to share an exciting announcement, and milestone, for Mama’s Kitchen during our 30th birthday celebration. We have officially expanded the scope of our organization’s mission once again to now serve individuals battling chronic kidney disease. Mama’s Kitchen’s Home-Delivered Meal Service will now provide medically tailored nutrition to individuals… Read the full article »