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Coronavirus Response

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to spread, thousands of San Diegans are now unemployed and unable to cover their essential needs. Now more than ever, we remain steadfast to its mission to break the cycles of food waste, poverty, and hunger in San Diego and addressing the growing need for food assistance in these times of crisis. We are continuing to ramp up our hunger relief meal production to meet the growing need in our community, while also supporting our students and alumni. Please find information below on our Emergency Response efforts.
 
 

WHAT WE ARE DOING

Healthy Meals for Families in Need – In response to the growing need for food assistance in San Diego, we have scaled our hunger relief meal production to 15,000 meals a week. Healthy heat-and-eat meals are distributed through a partnership with the San Diego Food Bank to their partner agencies across San Diego County. These heat-and-eat meals serve a critical need for many children, working families, or seniors who may not have the capacity to adapt to the increased need for prepared meals at home.

Grab-and-Go Meal Distribution – Recognizing the needs among our neighbors, we have also partnered with My Brothers Keeper to provide meals through their weekly distribution every Tuesday from 3pm-5pm. The distribution is located at 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego CA 92114. No ID or proof of income required- all are welcome.

Volunteer Shifts: To safely package the meals, we have repurposed our 18,000 sq. ft. event space into a space for volunteers, to assist with portioning, sealing, and labeling the hunger relief meals. Volunteers are spaced at least six feet apart and are provided with masks, gloves, and aprons. Morning and afternoon shifts available. Learn more and sign up here.

Supporting our Students – When classes needed to pause, we made a commitment to our students that we would continue to invest in their learning. To that end, life skills and career development lessons have moved online. To continue honing their knife skills, we have partnered with Market Box SD to provide students with weekly home delivered food boxes filled with ingredients, recipes, instructions, and meals. 

Supporting our Alumni- When restaurants started closing due to COVID-19, we knew our alumni would be hard hit and that we needed to connect with all of them quickly to see how they were doing and to help where we could. To date, we have reached out to 258 alumni and connected them to food, financial, and mental health resources. However, our work is far from done. Sadly, the employment rate for our alumni has plummeted from 86% to 18%. We are preparing to expand our career services significantly with the goal of positioning our alumni to reenter the workforce once the economy begins to reopen. 

Postponing Large Catered Events and Gatherings: In response to Governor Newsom’s gathering guidance, we have worked with clients to postpone all large catered events until further notice and are shifting efforts and staff resources to food assistance efforts for vulnerable San Diegans.

Increasing Sanitary Measures: Kitchens for Good is taking many measures to uphold the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation to protect our employees and the community. Along with our regular cleaning routines, an additional level of disinfecting is being done throughout every aspect of our facility, including our kitchen, packaging areas, and offices. Additionally, team members are being vigilant to ensure they use the highest standards of hand washing protocols, use of gloves, masks, and to stay home if they are experiencing any type of cold or flu symptoms.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We are so grateful to our many supporters and volunteers for their unwavering support. If you are in a position to assist, please help sustain meal production by making a donation.

RESOURCES
Find Food: If you or someone you know needs food assistance, a list of countywide food distributions is available on by calling 2-1-1 or visiting their website.

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