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 »

How Celebrate National Nonprofit Day

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… 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 »

A New Record Number of Meals

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Treasurer LaShunna Davidson (center) presents $25,000 matching challenge check to Mama’s Kitchen Chief Executive Officer Alberto Cortés (right) and Executive Chef Jason Martin (left). The numbers are in! June 30th marked the close of Mama’s Kitchen’s most recent fiscal year. A year that included four months of pandemic-driven demand…. Read the full article »

Letter from a Client

  “Without Mama’s Kitchen I wouldn’t be alive. I’ve been sick so very much since my husband of 20+ years died; I am not so much that woman any longer. By myself completely disabled, left knee broke, right wrist broke, degenerative disc disease (5 discs removed),with HIV barely above AIDS. I’ve lost 49 pounds. Without… Read the full article »

Corporate Highlight

    Mama’s Kitchen would like to thank Stater Bros. Charities for their generous $3,000 “Harvesting Hope” grant. Throughout the months of November and December, Stater Bros. Supermarket accepts donations at the check stands to be distributed to Southern California nonprofit organizations. This year, Stater Bros. Charities donated over $500,000 to qualified food banks and… Read the full article »

What’s New at Mama’s Kitchen?

  As we wrapped up the past year, Mama’s Kitchen celebrated the growth and expansion of our mission and recognition of food as medicine. With a small set of paid staff, it is no surprise that we rely on our wonderful volunteers to keep our mission thriving. Nancy Janus, a valued volunteer of over 17… Read the full article »

A Message from the Executive Director

  Gratitude: The holidays are over and we experienced the glowing wake of extraordinary expressions of generosity as the year came to a close. We are grateful for your year-end contributions in support of the mission of Mama’s Kitchen. These contributions provide nutrition education, medically appropriate home-delivered meals, and pantry services. Medi-Cal Pilot Project: 2018… Read the full article »

A Message from the Executive Director

  Mama’s Kitchen, as part of the California Food is Medicine Coalition, will be implementing a three year state-funded pilot project that will provide medically tailored meals to San Diego Medi-Cal patients living with congestive heart failure. This project will demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of covering customized nutritional support as an essential health benefit through Medi-Cal,… Read the full article »