Hunger causes AIDS and cancer medications to be less effective (or worse, toxic) and makes it difficult for people to safely take these medications. We help people battling AIDS or cancer:

  • maintain essential weight and strength
  • strengthen their immune systems
  • properly metabolize medications
  • minimize side-effects
  • return to independent living whenever possible


Mama's Kitchen will never waver from our founding goals: to help our clients maintain their health and dignity, to preserve the integrity of their families, to provide nutritionally and culturally appropriate meals free of charge, and to send the message that someone cares.

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Help Families Like Doreen and her son, Eric

Doreen is a single mom living with HIV. She contracted the disease in the early 90s from an abusive husband who did not disclose his status to her. Doreen has since left her husband and set out to make a life for herself and her child. Although, her son, Eric, was born without contracting HIV from his mother, he was born mentally challenged and physically fragile. Eric relies on Doreen for 24-hour care. The rare condition that he was born with was just recently diagnosed as Developmental Epilepsy/Neonatal Diabetes Syndrome (DEND). One of only three people in the world who are known to have this condition, Eric needs access to nutritious meals to maintain his blood sugar levels. If they drop too low, it could be fatal. Nutrition also plays a vital role in Doreen’s life; she needs proper nutrition for her antiretroviral medications to work. She knows she needs to take care of herself so that she can continue to care for her son.

“Mama’s Kitchen is a lifesaver,” Doreen tells us. “It takes one less thing off my mind. I am beyond grateful.” With the stress of being a full time caregiver, and physical limitations like arthritis and a bad back, one thing she can count on is the meal deliveries she receives from Mama’s Kitchen: three meals a day, every day of the year. “If my heart could only talk and have the words. I’ve been so nourished nutritionally and spiritually by Mama’s Kitchen’s food and kindness. If I took Mama’s Kitchen out of the equation, I don’t know what I would have done.”

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