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 288,000 prepared, scratch-made meals annually throughout San Diego. In partnership with local food assistance and community organizations, Kitchens for Good 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. Kitchens for Good hunger-relief meals are distributed in partnership with other social services agencies including the San Diego Food Bank and their network of 500 social service agencies, thus distributing meals efficiently without duplicating distribution services. While many food relief organizations, pantries, and food banks supply staple foods to be prepared by clients at home, Kitchens for Good is one of few local organizations preparing and distributing heat-and-eat meals, thereby meeting the needs of people regardless of their capacity to prepare meals. In this way, Project Nourish contributes to a dignified and scalable hunger relief approach. Meal production incorporates donated, rescued produce, and engages culinary apprentices as well as volunteers in the production, making it cost-effective and impactful. 

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

Apprenticeship Programs

Training people to thrive in careers in the culinary and hospitality 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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