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Mama’s Kitchen moving its operation to City Heights

In an effort to help feed more people, Mama’s Kitchen is moving into a larger facility in City Heights.

The nonprofit is moving from its headquarters of 17 years, at a 5,500-square-foot basement near downtown San Diego, to a new two-story 11,000-square-foot building at 3960 Home Ave.

Inside the new Mama’s Kitchen will be an industrial-sized commercial kitchen, larger work space for staff volunteers and conference and classroom space for community meetings.

Since 1990, Mama’s Kitchen has been delivering healthy meals to San Diego area men, women and children affected by HIV and AIDS or cancer, for free. The nonprofit provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, to nearly 700 men, women and children in the county.

The construction team included Hughes Marino, project manager; Backs Construction, general contractor; Hurkes Harris Design Associates Inc., architect; AB Court & Associates, structural engineer; Michael Wall Engineering, electrical engineer; and Orness Design Group, kitchen designer.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house is slated for Tuesday evening, Aug. 23.

In addition to its need for a larger space to serve more people, Mama’s Kitchen is moving because its previous landlord, which intends to sell the property, chose not to renew the lease.

After this news, the board of directors of Mama’s Kitchen adopted the Facilities Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation to renovate a building with ample square footage to accommodate future client needs and projected increased demand for services.

“Mama Kitchen’s new facility represents our commitment to sustain and grow our mission so that over the coming decades we can serve many thousands of lives,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director of Mama’s Kitchen.

In addition to providing prepared meals, Mama’s Kitchen has Mama’s Pantry, a service that provides food and a nutritional shopping opportunity at no cost for low-income men, women and children affected by AIDS and HIV that want to make meals themselves with food like cereals, pastas and canned goods.

Mama's Pantry serves more than 700 low-income San Diegans every year, with 4,849 visits in 2010.

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