Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization in San Diego, has started their third annual “Independence from Hunger” Campaign. The volunteer-run group is hosting this month-long food drive to provide food to low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Mama’s Kitchen aims to collect at least one hundred barrels of non-perishable food, and locals are encouraged to host food drives at their workplace, churches, or homes. The nonprofit will bring a donation barrel to the site and collect it when the food drive is over, and there also is a virtual food drive where people can donate money for pantry items.
HIV/AIDS-affected people may not have the resources or the ability to cook nutritious meals for themselves. Adequate nutrition is crucial because it helps them maintain a healthy body weight and it can make the medications more effective.
To address this need, the organization delivered 377,880 meals to HIV/AIDS-affected individuals and families in 2012. That year, their pantry service provided over 750 San Diegans with groceries. With their July food campaign, Mama’s Kitchen will continue to help community members combat malnourishment.