About Us

Our Mission

Transforming lives through culinary arts.

Our Approach

We integrate education, social enterprise, and sustainability to positively impact our economy, our society and our environment. 


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. 

In summer 2015, KFG launched operations at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in Southeast San Diego. At the Jacobs Center, KFG operated 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 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista. In 2021, Kitchens for Good moved onto the Salvation Army Door of Hope campus and expanded its Apprenticeship Program offerings. The organization also began its food service operations at The Rady Shell. In 2022, Kitchens for Good SHOP opened its doors in Pacific Beach, selling donated kitchenware, with the proceeds from all sales to Kitchens for Good programs.

In just seven years, KFG has become one of San Diego’s most innovative and successful examples of an organization focused on developing sustainable solutions for positively impacting our economy, our society and our environment. 

Learn More About Our Programs

Apprenticeship Programs

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

Nutritious Meals

Combating Hunger with Nutritious Meals for Families in Need