About Us

About Us

About Us

Our Mission

Kitchens for Good breaks the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production, and social enterprise.

Our Vision

We believe that kitchens can be drivers of social and economic good in communities. With meals that not only feed, but improve the health of vulnerable residents, jobs that employ men and women previously perceived as unemployable, and a purchasing power that will support Southern California’s farmers and communities, we will effectively and profitably close the broken loops of our food system.

Our Model

Kitchens for Good builds a bridge to close the gap between wasted food and hunger by rescuing and purchasing surplus food from wholesalers and farmers,  and then engaging students in its culinary job training program to transform these ingredients into nutritious meals and products for hungry families. Each week our students prepare 1500 meals for seniors and children suffering from hunger across San Diego county.  This approach not only addresses the most immediate needs of hunger through healthy meals, but also tackles the root cause of hunger- poverty, through a workforce training program that provides individuals who are typically considered difficult to employ the skills to become self-sufficient.
Kitchens for Good ensures its own sustainability by building a profitable food enterprise at the core of every kitchen, including catering, contract meals services, and retail food products. Through this robust enterprise model, KFG creates livable wage jobs for culinary graduates, and generates significant profits to reinvest into its social programs.

Our Values

Nourishing the Community

We understand hunger isn’t just about food.  Hunger is a symptom of poverty.  Our programs are designed to nourish the community as well as the body. By creating sustainably sourced, nutritious meals and providing job training and job opportunities, we commit to doing our part to address poverty and hunger.

Sustainability

We are dedicated to a business model that balances Organizational Sustainability with Mission Effectiveness. By committing to sustainability in all that we do, including local food sourcing and alternative revenue streams, we remain resilient to enable growth and to have a greater impact on hunger and self sufficiency in our community.

Collaboration

We encourage a spirit of trust and collaboration with those who share our vision of building a community of opportunity and equality. Developing relationships with farmers, workforce agencies, and regional nonprofits allows us to work towards a shared goal of reduced hunger and self-sufficiency. We think smart solutions have an exponentially greater impact when shared.

Equality

We embrace a culture of diversity and recognize that everyone has something to contribute and that all lives have value. Innovation requires a celebration of differences and similarities. We believe that diverse teams can achieve far greater results than individuals and encourage an environment of alliance and collaboration.

Innovation

We believe in challenging the status quo. We embrace fearless innovation.  We pledge to constantly learn and evolve by utilizing research, feedback, and experience.  We take comfort in chaos and remain nimble and responsive to change.

Reducing Food Waste

Utilizing Surplus and Cosmetically Imperfect Food

Culinary Job Training

Training People to Thrive in Careers in the Culinary Arts

Healthy Meals

Combatting Hunger with Nutritious Meals and Products

Social Enterprise

Funding Programs, Creating Jobs, and Supporting Local Farmers

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