Letter from a Client

In their words… “Before I knew about Mama’s Kitchen, I had just been diagnosed with AIDS. I weighed about 145 lbs and was supposed to be 180 lbs. The meals have helped me with the necessary nutrition and having balanced meals helped my health improve. Otherwise, I probably would have continued to waste away.” —J.K.

San Diego’s Original Tasting Event, Mama’s Day, Celebrates 25 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Arika Daniels / Suzy Garcia Scatena Daniels Communications San Diego’s Original Tasting Event, Mama’s Day, Celebrates 25 Years Sam ‘The Cooking Guy’ Zien returns as Culinary Host for May 6 fundraising event; Tasting extravaganza fundraiser presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan EDITORS: To download high-resolution images for publicity purposes,… Read the full article »

Letter from a Client

“I started chemotherapy in May. Shortly thereafter I received my first Mama’s Kitchen bag, and boy did those homemade meals come in handy. I was wiped out and hurting from the chemo and couldn’t cook or even a trip to the store was too much the first 10 days after chemo. Without Mama’s Kitchen’s help,… Read the full article »

Drink Water, Not Soda!

Drink water instead of sugary drinks when you’re thirsty. Regular soda, sweet tea, energy, sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar, which provides more calories than needed. Many 12-ounce cans of soda have 10 teaspoons of sugar in them. To maintain a healthy weight, sip water or other drinks… Read the full article »

A Message from the Executive Director

The year 2015 was full of accomplishment for Mama’s Kitchen. Our senior management team had the opportunity to step into the role of leading the organization (with much support from the board of directors) during a Fieldstone Foundation funded three-month sabbatical that I took between January and April, 2015. After thoughtful consideration, the board of… Read the full article »

Referral Partner Breakfast

We enjoyed providing breakfast for our healthcare referral partners here at Mama’s Kitchen. Thank you all for your wonderful work and for making sure your clients are well taken care of.

Letter from a Client

In Their Words… “I had no money for food. They even provided me with a cart because I had to take the bus. They are always very friendly and helpful. Mama’s Kitchen has been a life-saver month after month!” –S.G., a Mama’s Pantry client

2015 Corporate Highlights

We would like to thank Debbra Ward and the team at theLevi Strauss and Co. store in San Ysidro for supporting Mama’s Kitchen. The group recently volunteered as a team to prepare snack bags for our meal deliveries and nominated Mama’s Kitchen to receive a grant from Levi Strauss. Thank you Debbra and your team… Read the full article »

Pie is Love

Mama’s Pie in the Sky 2015 Thanksgiving bake sale was a big success, thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who made it happen. Together we raised nearly $115,000 to provide vital nutrition to men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer. Delicious pumpkin, apple, pecan and Dutch apple pies were donated by many talented bakers (see… Read the full article »

San Diego Supports Mama

We love it when our community comes together to support the mission of Mama’s Kitchen. We encourage you to host community fundraising events and food drives. Your efforts give life and hope to our critically ill neighbors who are struggling with AIDS or cancer. For information, contact maurya@mamaskitchen.org Strazzeri Mancini LLP gathered a large number… Read the full article »

A Look Back at 2015

2015 was a busy year for Mama’s Kitchen. Here’s a look back to some of the fun we had. We started serving healthier whole wheat bread in 2015. Our 25th Anniversary Celebration raised critical funds to feed our clients struggling with AIDS or cancer. Our meal staging area got a makeover during our Board of… Read the full article »

2015 Foundation Highlights

    Gilead Sciences, Inc. is one of the top philanthropic funders of HIV/AIDS in the United States. Mama’s Kitchen is proud to announce that Gilead Sciences, Inc. has provided a $5,000 grant to support our AIDS Nutrition Program. This is the first time our organizations have partnered and we hope to grow this relationship… Read the full article »

Fall 2015 Corporate Highlights

    Mama’s Kitchen would like to thank Cubic for their generous donation.  Since it’s founding in 1951, Cubic has supported healthy communities by aiding organizations that promote education, health care, and human services. In July, the Cubic Corporate Contributions Committee approved a $3,000 grant to purchase food and meal containers for our Children’s Nutritional Health Program…. Read the full article »

Fall 2015 Legacy Club

Thank you to our Legacy Club members for their support: Blair Alexander Lisa I. Amparan John Anguiano Dan Belair Thomas Bell Tim Brouillette Jack Bungay Gene Burkard Roy L. Carlson Heather Chisholm-Chait Tim Chisser Alberto Cortés Cliff Cox Thomas J. D’Amico John Davis Jim Dexter Gary Fox Marcy J. Goldstone Renee Gonsalves Howard Guidry Edward… Read the full article »

Letter from a Client

In Their Words… “Thank God I am blessed with all of you. About a year ago I was 98 lbs. and need to be 150. Today I’m 125 lbs. It’s hard for me to eat, especially solid food. But when I started to receive good food from Mama’s I gained 27 lbs. Thank you and… Read the full article »

Mama’s Meal Services

Mama’s Kitchen continues to fill a need in our community by providing hot, nutritious meals to men, women and children who are affected by AIDS or cancer, free of charge. We offer 11 different meal plans to meet our clients’ nutritional requirements, and our meals are lovingly prepared and hand-delivered by hundreds of dedicated volunteers…. Read the full article »


Thank you to everyone who joined Mama’s Team forAIDS Walk this year. We raised $3,325–enough to be eligible for a matching grant. AIDS Walk San Diego is the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser and the biggest non-governmental financial provider for HIV/AIDS in San Diego County.