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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Host a food drive for Mama's Pantry

SAN DIEGO – Mama's Pantry is reaching out to the public in February, asking volunteers to host food drives throughout the county to ensure the shelves are full with nutritious non-perishable food items.

Mama’s Kitchen aims to collect 100 barrels of food for Mama’s Pantry.

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.

“Hunger is a year-round issue and especially critical during the winter months, and why we look to the generosity of our community to collect much-needed food for San Diegans in need,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen.

“We’d like to involve local businesses, schools, and places of worship in sponsoring one or more of our barrels. These donations will help us ensure that we can continue our mission of providing the basic necessity of life – nutritious food.”

Established in 2004, the Mama’s Pantry service is designed to meet the needs of low income 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. Perishable items such as chicken, ground beef, eggs, cheese and milk are also offered in Mama’s Pantry.

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: canned tuna or salmon, boxes of cereal, bottles of cooking oil, jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, bags of rice, packages of dried beans, spaghetti sauce, canned goods (fruits, soups, vegetables, chili, pasta and beans) and small boxes of dry milk.