About Us

Our Model

At Kitchens for Good we are dedicated to helping job seekers access careers and the fresh start they deserve. Through our apprenticeship program, our apprentices gain the knife skills and life skills they need to launch a meaningful career in the culinary and hospitality industry, so they can move forward in life and make a positive impact on our communities. Apprentices — who are overcoming the impacts of incarceration, homelessness, and fostercare — hone their skills while making nutritious meals for food-insecure San Diegans.

Our Mission

Kitchens for Good uses food to transform lives and nourish communities by providing people with the skills and support to launch meaningful careers.

Our Values

Apprentice-Centered: Does this support apprentice success?

Growth Mindset: Is there a better way?

Equity: Is this fair and inclusive?


Kitchens for Good (KFG) was founded in 2014 when Founder Chuck Samuelson, and Co-Founder Aviva Paley, saw a dilemma of an enormous amount of food waste while one in seven San Diegans went hungry. As they tried to find a solution to bridge this gap, they realized that merely rescuing food to provide meals wasn’t going to solve the crisis of hunger. Those who suffer from hunger and food insecurity need a means to reach economic self-sufficiency through jobs that pay a sustainable wage. The answer was a culinary apprenticeship program that would provide workforce training to individuals hardest hit by unemployment and food insecurity — the formerly incarcerated, homeless and foster youth. Culinary apprentices practice their skills as they prepare thousands of meals for hungry San Diegans.

In summer 2015, KFG launched operations at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in Southeast San Diego. At the Jacobs Center, KFG operates its award-winning catering enterprise, and its culinary job training program. In 2019, KFG expanded its reach to North County San Diego, by operating the kitchen and restaurant operations at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista.

In just five years, KFG has become one of San Diego’s most innovative and successful examples of an organization focused on developing a new solution to hunger and poverty. Since launching, Kitchens for Good has helped launch the careers of over 350 apprentices, maintained an 84% job placement rate, rescued 311,618 pounds of food, and provided 620,604 nutritious meals

Learn More About Our Programs

Apprenticeship Programs

Training people to thrive in careers in the culinary and hospitality industry

Reducing Food Waste

Utilizing Surplus and Cosmetically Imperfect Food

Healthy Meals

Combating Hunger with Nutritious Meals for Families in Need

Social Enterprise

Providing on the job training for apprentices and generating revenue to support programs

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