A worker at Mama's Kitchen helps load boxes of pies for distribution Wednesday. Photo by Chris Stone
A worker at Mama’s Kitchen loads boxes of pies into their car for delivery. Photo by Chris Stone

The non-profit meal delivery service known as Mama’s Kitchen needs volunteer drivers for routes countywide, in an effort to continue its mission, according to organization officials.

Mama’s Kitchen provides three meals a day, 365 days a year to San Diegans affected by AIDS or cancer and to their children.

“Mama’s Kitchen is a volunteer-driven organization and we would not be able to fulfill our mission without the dedication and hard work of our volunteers,” Bill Patten, director of programs, said. “There are many ways San Diegans can lend a hand, however, our biggest need is for volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to our clients.”

In 2015, Mama’s Kitchen delivered 284,925 meals to 394 San Diegans affected by HIV/AIDS, 70,602 meals to 196 San Diegans affected by cancer, and 46,584 meals to 106 children whose parents were affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer.

Volunteer delivery drivers report on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to pick up meals at Mama’s Kitchen or at one of the organization’s satellite pickup locations in North County to deliver directly to clients in their homes between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

All route drivers are given specific driving instructions from house to house and a map of the neighborhood identifying each stop. In order to volunteer, drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver license and car insurance.

Volunteers will also be needed in the fall for the Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale starting in October.

— City News Service