Mama's Kitchen Remains Operating During California 'Shelter-in-Place' Order to Deliver Vital Nutrition to Critically-Ill San Diegans

Mama's Kitchen delivers close to 10,000 medically tailored meals a week to individuals battling HIV, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease

SAN DIEGO (March 20, 2020) — Mama's Kitchen, a local nonprofit organization that provides home-delivered, medically tailored meals and nutrition services to critically ill San Diegans, currently our most vulnerable population. Under the Order issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom, Mama's Kitchen is considered an "essential business" and will continue to operate in an effort to keep vulnerable community members safe and at home.

Mama's Kitchen continues to accept referrals for new clients and as the pandemic continues has seen a significant increase in demand for its services. "For three decades the impact of our services has been clear throughout San Diego, but Mama's Kitchen's mission is critical now more than ever," says Alberto Cortés, CEO of Mama's Kitchen. "Every meal we deliver right now not only provides vital medical nutrition, but also keeps our most vulnerable neighbors, family and friends safe."

Mama's Kitchen, which is highly volunteer driven, can continue to utilize volunteers in accordance with the Order, but will operate with a very lean volunteer team to ensure safety and minimize the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Those interested in supporting Mama's Kitchen through volunteering or donations toward the organization's increased expenses can visit

"Mama's Kitchen is well versed in addressing public health, having provided nutritious food to those most vulnerable since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic," says Cortés. "Currently, Mama's Kitchen is not only caring for those that are critically-ill, but also caring for the well-being of our County by reducing the number of people that need to leave their homes."

Learn more about Mama's Kitchen here.

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