Host a Food Drive in February for Mama’s Pantry

Host a Food Drive in February for Mama’s Pantry
January, 2011 Client News

SAN DIEGO – Jan. 12, 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. The public’s help is needed in February to host food drives throughout the county, to ensure the shelves are full with nutritious non-perishable food items.

“February is the month of love, and we encourage local businesses, schools, places of worship, and social clubs to sponsor one or more of our barrels to collect much-needed food for San Diegans in need,” says Alberto Cortes, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “These donations will help us ensure that we can continue our mission of providing the basic necessity of life – nutritious food.” In February 2011, Mama’s Kitchen hopes to collect 100 barrels of food for Mama’s Pantry.

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. 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 to your location contact Bill Patten at bill@mamaskitchen.org. 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, a food bank for people with AIDS, 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.