Help Wanted! Mama’s Kitchen Seeks Volunteer Drivers in San Diego County

Help Wanted! Mama’s Kitchen Seeks Volunteer Drivers in San Diego County
July, 2016 Client News

SAN DIEGOJuly 18, 2016Mama’s Kitchen, a non-profit meal delivery service dedicated to providing meals 365 days a year to San Diegans affected by AIDS or cancer, needs volunteers to deliver meals to clients who live all over San Diego County.

“Mama’s Kitchen is a volunteer-driven organization and we would not be able to fulfill our mission without the dedication and hard work of our volunteers,” said Bill Patten, director of programs, Mama’s Kitchen. “There are many ways San Diegans can lend a hand, however, our biggest need is for volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to our clients.”

Last year, Mama’s Kitchen delivered 284,925 meals to 394 San Diegans affected by HIV/AIDS, 70,602 meals to 196 San Diegans affected by cancer, including, 46,584 meals to 106 children whose parents were affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer.

Delivery volunteers will report on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to pick up meals at Mama’s Kitchen or at one of the organization’s satellite pickup locations in North County to deliver directly to clients in their homes between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. All route drivers are given specific driving instructions from house to house and a map of the neighborhood identifying each stop. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver license and car insurance.

The next volunteer orientations will be held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2016 and Aug. 23, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mama’s Kitchen located at 3960 Home Ave., San Diego, CA. 92105. Volunteers will also be needed in the fall for the organization’s Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale, now in its twelfth year, starting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please call or email Bill Patten, director of programs, at (619) 233-6262 or bill@mamaskitchen.org.

About Mama’s Kitchen
Mama’s Kitchen was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund discovered that many of their clients were becoming too ill to take care of themselves. They realized that a reliable home meal delivery service was needed to ensure that these individuals would continue to receive nutritious, life-sustaining food. In 2004, Mama’s Pantry was opened to provide individuals with HIV/AIDS who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. During the past 25 years, Mama’s Kitchen has served over eight million meals and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged and today the organization has expanded its service to San Diegans affected by either AIDS or cancer. Mama’s Kitchen also offers a Nutrition Education Service, led by a registered dietitian, which provides nutrition classes to HIV-positive residents to assist them in managing their diagnosis through proper nutrition. Mama’s Kitchen provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge, to approximately 350 men, women, and children in San Diego County each week. Learn more and make a donation at www.mamaskitchen.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.