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Mama's Kitchen driving up summer charitable efforts

Mama's Kitchen, which provides meal delivery services and donated food items to individuals suffering from HIV and AIDS, is raising funds and encouraging food donations through a pair of initiatives in August.

Through the rest of August, a food donations service of Mama's Kitchen called Mama's Pantry is encouraging individuals, businesses, schools and community groups to host food drives. Called the Independence from Hunger campaign, the initiative aims to replenish the supplies at Mama's Pantry, which provides non-perishable food items at no cost for low-income sufferers of HIV or AIDS who are still able to prepare food for themselves.

Mama's Pantry has set a goal of collecting 100 barrels of non-perishable food items during the month.

Food donation recommendations include boxes of cereal, packages of flour, instant oatmeal packets, bottles of cooking oil, jars of peanut butter, jars of jelly, bags of rice, packages of dried beans, spaghetti sauce and boxes of pasta, among other items such as canned goods and small boxes of dry milk. Barrel deliveries can be arranged through Bill Patten at Mama's Kitchen, available at 619-233-6262.

A separate fundraiser has been scheduled for the benefit of Mama's Kitchen's daily operations. The organization will receive proceeds from its 19th Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, scheduled for Aug. 21 at the Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in University Heights.

“Our annual wine tasting event has become one of our signature and more important events,” Alberto Cortés, executive director of Mama’s Kitchen, said. “The event provides a fun and relaxing opportunity for attendees to learn about how we provide life-sustaining nutrition to our neighbors battling AIDS or cancer. We are thankful to all who attend and support our mission.”

The wine tasting fundraiser will last from 6-9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased before the event for $60 at mamaskitchen.org, or can be bought at the door for $70.

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