As we closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, we wanted to update you with Kitchens for Good’s response. The safety, health, and well-being of the community is of the upmost importance to Kitchens for Good. 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.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Healthy Meals for Families in Need – In response to the growing need for food assistance in San Diego, we are rapidly increasing hunger relief meal production. Our chefs are working tirelessly to ramp up production to 7,000 heat-and-eat meals a week. Healthy heat-and-eat meals reach families in need via two distribution methods. First, KFG will be distributing 5,000 frozen meals a week through a partnership with the San Diego Food Bank to their partner agencies. Second, through the Grab-and-Go Meal distribution at our kitchen.
Grab-and-Go Meal Distribution – Recognizing the needs of our neighbors, on March 30, we will open a grab-and-go meal pick up site through our kitchen at the Jacobs Center in Southeastern San Diego. These meals will nourish kids and their families and provide needed food assistance to our alumni. Hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 9am-12pm. Social distancing will be practiced and drive through options available. Kiosk is located at 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego CA 92114.
Supporting our Students – If you’ve attended a graduation, come for a tour, or spent time in one of our kitchens, you know that the students are the heart of Kitchens for Good. We’ve been in regular contact with every student, and overwhelmingly they want to continue the program. To that end, life skills and career development lessons are moving online. To continue honing their knife skills, we will be providing students with weekly food boxes filled with ingredients, recipes, instructions, and meals. We will continue to reach out to our students and alumni to connect them with resources and peer support.
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, and to stay home if they are experiencing any type of cold or flu symptoms.
Cancellation of Volunteer Shifts: As a temporary precaution, Kitchens for Good will not be utilizing volunteers in meal production until further notice.
Staff Safety: We are working hard to take care of our staff who put our mission into action every single day. We have updated work-from-home and time off policies to support staff during this challenging time. We have also redeployed catering and culinary instruction staff to support hunger relief efforts.
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.
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.