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At Mama’s Kitchen we believe that every person is entitled to the basic necessity of life - nutritious food. As a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization, we prepare and deliver food to men, women and children who are affected by AIDS or cancer.
What We Do
Mama's Kitchen delivers three nutritional meals a day, seven days a week at no charge to men, women and children living with AIDS or cancer. Additionally, Mama's Kitchen provides pantry services (Mama's Pantry) to people affected by AIDS. Through these services, we are able to provide food, compassion and hope to over 1,300 people annually living throughout San Diego County.
Mama’s Kitchen was established in 1990 by Laurie Leonard. Laurie was a volunteer at a pantry for people living with AIDS, and noticed shoppers were becoming homebound—too weak to shop for or cook food. She enlisted a group of volunteers to help prepare and deliver free, home-cooked meals to people suffering from AIDS. Laurie had lost her brother to AIDS, and chose to name the organization “Mama’s Kitchen” to honor her mother, Edie.
By 1999, Mama’s Kitchen was delivering 100% of clients’ nutritional needs and serving all San Diego County. Later that year, volunteers began noticing many clients were sharing meals with their children to prevent them from going hungry. These parents were not receiving the vital nutrition they needed, prompting Mama’s Kitchen to create the Children’s Nutritional Health Program to deliver meals to clients’ dependent children.
Mama's Pantry opened its doors in 2004 to low-income, HIV positive people who are strong enough to shop for and cook food , but who cannot afford to buy groceries regularly. Once a month, shoppers may select from a wide array of perishable and non-perishable groceries, free of charge.
After recognizing a growing demand in San Diego, in 2006, Mama’s Kitchen’s Board of Directors voted to expand services to people battling a critical illness other than AIDS, under age 60. Called the Critical Illness Nutrition Program , this expansion makes home-delivered meals available to people under age 60 living with any type of cancer that makes food preparation a challenge.
After 16 years of delivering meals out of a leased church basement, in 2011, Mama’s Kitchen’s Board of Directors voted to purchase and renovation of a permanent facility. The goal is to secure a stable location to meet the needs of future generations.
In March, 2012, Mama’s Kitchen delivered its six-millionth meal, along with Laurie and Edie Leonard’s original message of hope and compassion to people too ill and isolated to provide for themselves.
Since our first day of operations we have never turned away anyone qualified for our services and we are determined that we never will.
Founded on the ethos that love can conquer all, Love Machine Films thrives when the lens is on the soul of the people. We are on the front lines in the fight to save humanity. Breast cancer, children with diabetes, the malaria epidemic of south-east Asia, or the suicides of teenagers, we are showing these plights successfully through the poetic medium of film, tv, music and photo. Love Machine Films has the client roster and years to back our major commercial acclaim both here in the U.S and internationally. Again our ethos is simple: Love can conquer all.