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. In fiscal year 2021, Mama’s Kitchen home delivered 599,938 medically tailored meals to individuals affected by cancer, HIV, type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, and chronic kidney disease.

For National Nonprofit Day, we wanted to share a few different ways to get involved with your local community through Mama’s Kitchen.


We are always looking for local volunteers who are passionate about making a difference in their community. There are a variety of areas you can support, check out the list below!

We continue to seek additional volunteers for:

  • Meal Delivery
  • Kitchen and Staging
  • Phone/Office Support

More information regarding our COVID-19 precautions and volunteer opportunities check out our Volunteer page here. If you have any questions or seek additional information, please contact Philip Chao, Director of Volunteer Engagement at philip@mamaskitchen.org or 619.233.6262 x108.

Join Bread & Butter Club

One sustainable way to get involved is to join our monthly giving program! By giving monthly, you invest what makes sense for you and make an incredible impact over the course of your membership. Your gifts enable us to plan for our future, invest in specific areas of our work, expand our programs, and serve more of our neighbors because we know we have your ongoing support.

Host a Virtual Food Drive

At the beginning of the pandemic, Mama’s Kitchen made the decision to temporarily close Mama’s Pantry for the safety of our clients, and instead, allow them to enroll in our Home-Delivered Meal Service program. With increased demand comes increased costs to care for our community members. You can support our work and your community by simply sharing our impact with your friends, family and network through your own Virtual Food Drive. Customize your own easy-to-use fundraising page, set a goal, share updates and help us continue providing home-delivered meals to our critically ill neighbors.


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Corporate Group Volunteering

The Corporate Group Volunteer Program is fully committed at this time. If you are interested, please complete the form here to be placed on the waiting list for future dates. We will contact you directly once dates are added or we have any cancelations. For more information or questions, please contact Maggie Lengyel at maggie@mamaskitchen.org.

Supporting your community and Mama’s Kitchen can be done in so many ways. Have additional questions about how you or your company can get involved? Reach out to us at mama@mamaskitchen.org; we would love to help you get involved.