Nourishing the Heart, One Meal at a Time
Mama’s Kitchen, a community-driven organization, believes that everyone is entitled to the basic necessity of life — nutritious food. These nutrition services improve the lives of women, men and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses.
Mama’s Kitchen was established in 1990 by a San Diego caregiver who was deeply concerned about her neighbors suffering from the AIDS epidemic. Over time, she formed a group of volunteers to cook and deliver free meals to individuals who were unable to shop for groceries or cook for themselves due to the debilitating effects of AIDS. At the height of the epidemic, when even some hospitals were turning AIDS patients away, our volunteers came together to combat the stigma and ensure that those suffering were receiving one of their most basic rights – nutritious food. Since then, Mama’s Kitchen used its experience with AIDS nutrition to replicate its Home-Delivered Meal Service program for other critically ill populations.
Why It Matters
This organization has been a staple of feeding our San Diego neighbors for over 30 years. During this devastating pandemic, Mama’s Kitchen is even more critical and in higher demand than ever before. LEWIS is proud to support Mama’s Kitchen through its Causes program.