San Diego – June 22, 2011 – Mama’s Pantry, a service of Mama’s Kitchen, provides a nutritional shopping opportunity at no cost for men, women and children of San Diego County affected by HIV/AIDS. Mama’s Kitchen is set to launch “Independence from Hunger,” an initiative to encourage the public to host food drives during the month of July, to ensure the pantry shelves are full with nutritious non-perishable food items.
“The month of July is a time of celebration of independence, whether it’s July 4th and the birth of the United States, or gay pride festivities,” says Alberto Cortes, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. Throughout the month of July, local businesses, schools, places of worship and social clubs are encouraged to host one or more of the iconic red barrels to collect much-needed food for San Diegans in need. “These donations will help us ensure that we can continue our mission of providing the basic necessity of life – nutritious food – and help our clients maintain some semblance of independence as they don’t need to worry about where their next meal is coming from,” he adds. Throughout the month of July, Mama’s Kitchen hopes to collect 100 barrels of food for Mama’s Pantry. Food barrels are personally delivered to your door and picked up when it is full.
Mama’s Kitchen has created an online toolkit with ideas to help friends show their American spirit and turn their celebration into a party with a purpose. From Fourth of July firework viewing parties and BBQs, cocktail parties, dinner parties, and wine tastings, any get together is a great time to ask guests to bring three to five non-perishable food items or a financial donation for Mama’s Pantry. Local businesses and organizations are already involved, these include:
- La Jolla: On Thurs., July 28 at 6:30 p.m., the La Jolla Playhouse hosts Out & About, an all-inclusive Thursday evening social mixer and performance series for San Diego’s LGBT community. Enjoy signature cocktails and delicious appetizers at a happy hour mixer, followed by an evening production of the new musical “Sleeping Beauty Wakes” at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $63. Use code mama2266 when ordering tickets. A portion of the ticket price will support Mama’s Kitchen. Call 858-550-1010, order online, or visit www.lajollaplayhouse.org for more information.
- Hillcrest and Mission Valley: Drop off non-perishable food donations on Sun., July 3 or Sun., July 17 for Mama’s Pantry at Ralphs Hillcrest from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or at Ralphs Mission Valley from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Downtown San Diego: On Thurs., July 15, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flawles San Diego will host a party on the rooftop of W San Diego. Attendees are encouraged to bring three non-perishable food items for the barrels at the event. W San Diego is located at 421 West B St., San Diego. Tickets are $15 at the door, and free for FlawLes membership holders. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Mama’s Kitchen.
Established in 2004, the Mama’s Pantry service is designed to meet the needs of clients with HIV/AIDS who can benefit from occasional nutritional support to maintain their health and stretch their food budget. Mama’s Pantry serves more than 700 low-income San Diegans every year, with 4,849 visits in 2010. Once a month, clients can visit Mama’s Pantry and select their own non-perishable items such as cereals, pastas, and canned goods from a wide inventory.
It is easy to sponsor and host a food drive for Mama’s Pantry. To schedule a barrel delivery, contact Bill Patten at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-233-6262. Mama’s Kitchen will also make arrangements to pick up the barrels once the food drive has ended. A wish list of the non-perishable food items that you can customize will also be provided for your group to use for promotion.
Non-perishable food donation recommendations include the following: boxes of cereal, packages of flour, instant oatmeal packets, bottles of cooking oil, jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, bags of rice, packages of dried beans, spaghetti sauce, boxes of pasta, packets of pasta dinners, canned goods (fruits, soups, vegetables, chili, pasta and beans), macaroni and cheese, tuna fish/salmon, cake mixes and icing, and small boxes of dry milk.
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. Mama’s Kitchen has served over five million meals since it was founded and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged. Today, the organization has expanded its service to San Diegans affected by either AIDS or cancer. Mama’s Kitchen provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge, to nearly 300 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation at www.mamaskitchen.org.