WHAT: Mama’s Kitchen, a non-profit meal delivery service for men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer, opens their doors to their new home on Mon., Aug. 29. The organization lost their lease at their former location and took the opportunity to purchase and renovate a new building. The team has been working diligently to ensure no disruption of meal preparation or delivery service to hundreds of clients who live throughout San Diego County.
WHERE: 3960 Home Ave., in the Fairmount Park neighborhood of San Diego. Corner of Beech St. and Home Ave.
DATE AND TIME: Mon., Aug. 29, 2011 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
INTERVIEWS / VISUALS:
* Alberto Cortes, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
* An industrial-sized commercial kitchen, equipped with more modern equipment. Our executive chef, Anne Garger, will also be available for interview. She has been with Mama’s Kitchen for the past 18 years.
* A more welcoming environment for the hundreds of volunteers who walk through its doors, which will incorporate appropriate workspaces for staff and volunteers. We can provide high-resolution photos of what our former church basement location looked like before to compare with our new surroundings. It is a night and day difference.
* Expanded conference and classroom space to accommodate community meetings, volunteer orientations, trainings and education programs.
* Red food barrels. The Mama’s Pantry service has moved from their North Park location and will also be housed at the new Home Ave. location. The program meets the needs of clients with HIV/AIDS who visit Mama’s Pantry and select their own food items (such as cereals, pastas, and canned goods) from a wide inventory.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: After much research and the approval by their board of directors, Mama’s Kitchen has purchased and renovated a building with ample square footage to give the organization a permanent location and increases the organization’s capacity to serve more people and provide more in-house prepared foods. For the past 17 years, Mama’s Kitchen called a leased church basement of 5,500 sq. ft. home. Their two-story location is 11,000 sq. ft. and affords significant opportunities to improve operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness.
In 2010, Mama’s Kitchen served more than 325,000 meals to 509 home bound individuals, and over 43,000 equivalent meals to 729 Mama’s Pantry clients. The Home Ave. location is home base for the organization’s 750 volunteers who contribute 30,000 hours annually.
HOW THE PUBLIC CAN HELP:
* Volunteers needed to deliver meals and to assist with office work
* Financial donations can be made to help with day to day operating expenses
* Non-perishable food donations are needed for the Mama’s Pantry program
Denise Scatena (619) 218-4889 / Arika Daniels (949) 338-6672