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.


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 prepare 275,000 meals this year. 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. If your organization is interested in serving Kitchens for Good meals, please contact info@kitchensforgood.org for more information.

Volunteer Shifts: Volunteers are critical in assisting 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. Learn more and sign up here.

Supporting our Apprentices- Kitchens for Good continues to provide ongoing outreach, support, and employment services to all current and former apprentices. In-person apprenticeship training was relaunched in September 2020 with a cohort of Culinary Apprentices and the inaugural cohorts of the new Baking and Food Service Management Apprenticeship programs. KFG has made significant changes to its apprenticeship program to ensure staff and apprentice safety, including smaller class sizes, separately timed kitchen shifts to limit large groups, designated workstations to enforce social distancing, and extensive sanitation and safety training for all staff and apprentices.

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.


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.

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