Andrea Nasser, Health Information Specialist II, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
Mama’s Kitchen, a local nonprofit meal delivery service, celebrated the delivery of its 9 millionth meal on September 30, 2019. For nearly three decades, the organization has provided nutritious, healing foods to neighbors too ill to cook for themselves. Started in 1990 as a volunteer response to the AIDS epidemic, Mama's Kitchen now delivers three medically-tailored meals a day to men, women and children affected by HIV, cancer and other critical illnesses, including congestive heart failure and Type II diabetes. Meals are delivered seven days a week at no cost to the participants.
In 2019, Mama's Kitchen delivered 364,498 meals to 939 clients. Meals were also provided to 112 children whose parents were affected by critical illness.
As a community-driven organization, Mama’s Kitchen has 1,198 volunteers who donate 31,152 hours every year to help the organization reach milestones like its nine millionth meal. Volunteers also drive approximately 962 miles each delivery day to meet the organization’s clients at locations across San Diego County.
Mama’s Kitchen believes that food heals, and everyone is entitled to the basic necessity of life — nutritious food.
To learn more about Mama’s Kitchen meal delivery service program, please visit: https://www.mamaskitchen.org/gethelp/meals/
To get involved as a volunteer, please visit: https://www.mamaskitchen.org/volunteer/volunteer-overview/