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Mama's Pantry seeks hosts for February food drive

Mama’s Pantry, a service of Mama’s Kitchen, seeks hosts for food drives throughout the country in an effort to collect 100 barrels of food in February.

Mama’s Pantry provides a nutritional shopping opportunity at no cost for men, women and children of San Diego County affected by HIV/AIDS. The organization seeks help to fill shelves with nutritious, non-perishable food items.

“Hunger is a year-round issue and especially critical during the winter months, and why we look to the generosity of our community to collect much-needed food for San Diegans in need,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director of Mama’s Kitchen. “We’d like to involve local businesses, schools and places of worship in sponsoring one or more of our barrels. These donations will help us ensure that we can continue our mission of providing the basic necessity of life -- nutritious food.”

Established in 2004, the Mama’s Pantry service is designed to meet the needs of low income clients with HIV/AIDS who can benefit from occasional nutritional support to maintain their health and stretch their food budget. Once a month, clients can visit Mama’s Pantry and select their own non-perishable items such as cereals, pastas and canned goods from a wide inventory. Perishable items such as chicken, ground beef, eggs, cheese and milk are also offered in Mama’s Pantry.

To schedule a barrel delivery, contact Bill Patten at bill@mamaskitchen.org. Mama’s Kitchen will also make arrangements to pick up the barrels once the food drive has ended. A wish list of the non-perishable food items will also be provided to use for promotion.

Non-perishable food donation recommendations include the following: canned tuna or salmon, boxes of cereal, bottles of cooking oil, jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, bags of rice, packages of dried beans, spaghetti sauce, canned goods (fruits, soups, vegetables, chili, pasta and beans) and small boxes of dry milk.

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