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 »

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 »

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 »

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.

Nutrition News: Maximize Your Health

Maximize your health with nutrient-packed foods. Give your body the nutrients it needs by including whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free dairy. Eat less food high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. Use MyPlate to help you include all the essential food groups each day. Learn more at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov

Tree of Life

On December 1st, join Mama’s Kitchen to commemorate Worlds AIDS Day by recognizing and remembering those affected by AIDS at our Tree of LifeCeremony in Village Hillcrest. The memorial will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It is an evening of special memories, singing, and sharing, and a candle… Read the full article »

Mama’s Kitchen Fund-A-Need

In honor of our 25th Anniversary, we’re collecting donations to help stock our kitchen shelves. Please consider making a donation that provides essential nutrition to our neighbors who are vulnerable to hunger. Here’s what your dollars can buy: Bananas for a Day $100 Beans for a Day $100 Whole Wheat Bread for One Week $250… Read the full article »

Pie is Love

When you buy a Thanksgiving pie from Mama’s Kitchen’s Pie in the Skybake sale, you’re providing seven life-saving meals to someone struggling with AIDS or cancer. These meals help our clients maintain essential weight and strength, metabolize medications, minimize side effects, strengthen their immune system, and return many of them to independent living. What a… Read the full article »

Celebrating 25 Years Under the Stars

On September 26, Mama’s Kitchen supporters gathered together with old friends and new, celebrating 25 years of providing nutrition to men, women, and children in our community who are affected by the devastating effects of AIDS or cancer. Co-chaired by Jon Bailey and Indra Gardiner Bowers, two long-time San Diegans and business leaders who met… Read the full article »

San Diego County Bakers Pledge Support for West Coast’s Largest Bake Sale to Benefit Mama’s Kitchen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arika Daniels / Suzy Garcia 619-232-0222 arika@scatenadaniels.com / suzy@scatenadaniels.com (Media contact details not for public distribution) San Diego County Bakers Pledge Support for West Coast’s Largest Bake Sale to Benefit Mama’s Kitchen **Sycuan returns for eleventh year, joins bakers such as Behind the Scenes Catering and Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.; Sales begin… Read the full article »

In Memoriam: Sally B. Thornton

Sally B. Thornton, accomplished businesswoman, philanthropist, and longtime donor and friend to Mama’s Kitchen, passed away June 12 at the age of 81. Sally B. was involved with many nonprofits and charitable organizations in different capacities, and was a shining example of people helping people by dedicating her life to philanthropy. She has been involved… Read the full article »

Mama Celebrates!

25 Years of Food and Love Join Mama’s Kitchen to celebrate our 25th Anniversary under the stars on Saturday, September 26 at the Illumina Campus in University City. Our goal is to raise $500,000, half of our annual food budget, to continue to deliver hot, nutrition-specific meals to our clients struggling with AIDS or cancer.  Mama’s has… Read the full article »

Mama’s Pantry Fun Facts

  In order to protect the compromised immune systems of our clients, our pantry follows specific guidelines. Mama’s Pantry opened in January 2004, and since that time we’ve had 41,619 shopping visits, providing food to 1,950 HIV+ low-income neighbors. We purchase 100% of the perishable food items and 75% of the nonperishable food items 25%… Read the full article »