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Healthy Meals

The Need:

  • 1 in 8 people in San Diego is food insecure.
  • 360,000 individuals in San Diego County, including more than 160,000 children, are unsure where their next meal will come from.
  • Research has shown that food insecurity disproportionately impacts low-income populations and is directly linked to poor health outcomes and diseases.

Our Program:

Project Nourish

Kitchens for Good works to combat hunger by preparing and distributing over 227,000 prepared, scratch-made meals annually throughout San Diego. In partnership with local food assistance and community organizations, KFG meals feed people without access to affordable, nutritious food: children, seniors, and the unsheltered. This initiative engages Kitchens for Good culinary apprentices, who encountered hunger themselves, in a daily opportunity to give back during their workforce training. This meal production strategically addresses the hunger gap by crafting and distributing scratch-made and ready-to-eat or ready-to-heat meals in places where people are already gathered, such as libraries, recreation centers, senior centers, and community social service agencies. In this way, Project Nourish contributes to a dignified and scalable hunger relief approach. Meal production incorporates donated, rescued produce, and engages paid culinary apprentices as well as volunteers in the production, making it cost-effective and impactful.

Year-round Youth Meals provide after-school suppers and summer lunches for children and teenage participants in academic enrichment programs. These balanced meals meet USDA nutrition requirements, while staff gather ongoing feedback directly from youth meal participants around menu favorites, and adapt each month’s menu as guided by kids.

If you are a social service agency interested in distributing Project Nourish meals, please email info@kitchensforgood.org

Help Nourish the Community

Volunteer in our Kitchen!

Learn More About Our Programs

Culinary Job Training

Training People to Thrive in Careers in the Culinary 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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