Remembering Those We’ve Lost

Our clients inspire us with their courage and strength. We remember them with fondness, and will miss them going forward. We say goodbye to Miguel M., Ramon G., Alfredo L., David G., Kelly F., Eric B., John B., Tony S and Steve G.

Great Grains

Oatmeal is made of oat groats that have either been ground, crushed, steel-cut, or rolled. Ground oats are also called “white oats”. Steel-cut oats are known as “coarse oatmeal” or “Irish oatmeal”. Oats are one of the highest-protein whole grains, and their vitamin and mineral content can’t be beat. 1 cup of cooked oats has:… Read the full article »

Mama’s Meal Services — May 2016

Mama’s Kitchen is dedicated to providing essential nutrition to those struggling with AIDS or cancer in our community. We strive to give critically ill people a second chance at life. For some, illness strikes and they have nowhere to turn. Often they are too weak or too sick to shop and prepare meals for themselves… Read the full article »

Advances against HIV made, but there’s more to do

By Alberto Cortés, Executive Director of Mama’s Kitchen This article originally appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune Nov. 27, 2015  An estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. We know that as a result of advances in treatment in the form of effective antiretroviral therapy, life expectancy of people… Read the full article »

Letter from a Client

“I came down with the AIDS virus 10 years ago. I couldn’t clean my apartment or even bathe myself. Without Mama’s Kitchen I would have died. I was with their program for 5 years until I found new meds. I went from 10 T-cells to having 600-800 10 years later. Now because of the AIDS… Read the full article »

Bravo to Coronado Playhouse for Their Support

Mama’s Kitchen would like to applaud the Coronado Playhouse in gratitude for their generous support! The 2016 season marks Coronado Playhouse’s 70th year of community theatre. The first show of the year was Sugar, based on the screenplay for the classic film Some Like It Hot. At each show, Coronado Playhouse sold fresh baked cookies… Read the full article »

Mama’s Meal Services — April 2016

Hunger causes AIDS and cancer medications to be less effective (or worse, toxic) and makes it difficult for people to safely take these medications. Mama’s Kitchen responds to San Diego’s need for a county-wide meal delivery service for local residents who are living with AIDS or cancer and are physically and/or mentally unable to prepare… Read the full article »

San Diego’s Top Chefs Celebrate Mama’s Kitchen at 25th Annual Mama’s Day in La Jolla

MEDIA/EVENT ADVISORY – FRIDAY, MAY 6 San Diego’s Top Chefs Celebrate Mama’s Kitchen at 25th Annual Mama’s Day in La Jolla More than 55 local restaurants, hotels and catering companies participating; 600 guests expected to attend. WHAT:            Mama’s Day 2016. Join us as more than 55 restaurants, hotels and catering companies come together for… Read the full article »

Letter from a Client

“I was diagnosed with cancer 10 months ago and still can’t get my SSI to go through to this day. I was eating poorly, have since lost my phone service and am couch surfing. Your services are an absolute Godsend! Physically it is obvious I’m eating better, but moreover it has brought great emotional relief…. Read the full article »

San Diego Supports Mama

Thank you to all the individuals and organizations in our community who’ve supported the mission of Mama’s Kitchen. We appreciate your charitable efforts on our behalf! The Coronado Playhouse raised funds for Mama’s Kitchen during their run of the play, Sugar. They also sold Mama’s cookies during intermission and held a food drive to support… Read the full article »

Save the Date for Our Annual Wine Tasting

Join the fun on Tuesday, August 2 at our annual Wine Tasting, hosted by Park and Rec. Enjoy sparkling, white, and red wine pours throughout the evening, while munching on delicious tray passed hors d’ouevres. It’s a delightful evening of fun, friends and fabulous tastes. You’ll also have a chance to play our popular ring… Read the full article »

Letter from the Executive Director – Spring 2016

We celebrate. We evolve. We serve. Mama’s Kitchen delivered its eight millionth meal on March 30, 2016. In doing so we celebrate the tens of thousands of lives touched with a message of love and caring; and we acknowledge the supporters that made this milestone possible. It took millions of miles traveled to deliver those… Read the full article »

Summer Food Drives

The summer months are an important time for Mama’s to collect food for our Pantry. Our clients need nutrition all year long, and while our community is very generous, many of our donations come in during the holidays. We urge you to host a food drive at your work, social club, or place of worship,… Read the full article »

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Mama’s Kitchen would like to thank Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for their vision and generosity. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations and draws upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has supported Mama’s Kitchen since 1993, and… Read the full article »

Remembering Those We’ve Lost – Spring 2016

In addition to the nutrition we provide for our clients, our hope is that we bring comfort and some measure of peace to our clients who are battling a critical illness. Our condolences to the friends and family of our clients who have passed, including Akinori S. and Rickie N.

Calendar of Events: April-June 2016

Calendar of Events Tuesday, April 5:   Volunteer Orientation 4-5 p.m. at Mama’s Kitchen Thursday, April 21:  Volunteer Orientation 4-5 p.m. at Mama’s Kitchen Tuesday, May 3:  Volunteer Orientation 4-5 p.m. at Mama’s Kitchen Friday, May 6:   Mama’s Day, 6:30-9:30 p.m. General Admission; 5:30 VIP Entrance, at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine Tuesday May… Read the full article »

Mama’s Meal Services – March 2016

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

Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less

  Take your time when you eat, enjoy the taste and textures. Use hunger and fullness cues to recognize when to eat and when you’ve had enough. Use a smaller plate to help with portion control. Choose more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fat-free or 1% milk and dairy products. Sip smarter and drink water… Read the full article »

Kaiser Permanente Volunteers Support Mama’s Kitchen

Mama’s Kitchen would like to thank Kaiser Permanente for their ongoing event and volunteer support. Kaiser Permanente believes in improving the health of our neighbors through the power of teamwork and the KPCares program. In addition to referring eligible participants to our programs, employees from Kaiser Permanente have volunteered to help prepare vegetable bags and… Read the full article »