Mother’s Kitchen Bay Area

What we do

Mother’s Kitchen provides free meals in partnership with local outreach groups serving communities in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. The original Mother’s Kitchen was founded in Oakland in 1996 by the M.A. Center, San Ramon. Since more than 40 chapters are actively serving throughout the United States and Canada. Mother’s Kitchen Project provides more than 75,000 meals for the homeless and hungry each year.

Where we do it


We serve at the South Berkeley Community Church on the fourth Thursday of each month. Located at 1802 Fairview Street at the corner of Ellis, the church is near the Ashby BART station. Contact: Kasturi or Vijaya, 510-524-7865

San Francisco

Volunteers help prepare lunch bags at Simply Sandwiches at St. Cyprian's at Turk and Lyon starting at 10:00am on Fridays providing sandwiches to homeless at risk youths, seniors, and people with AIDS. Help is welcome for delivering the sandwiches to locations around the city. Contact: Michael,

South Bay

We prepare and deliver 75 bag lunches weekly to St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown San Jose. We also cook and serve dinner for the San Jose Family Shelter one Sunday every other month.  Contact: Lalitha

Sonoma County

We pick up day-old baked goods from local bakeries and deliver them to some of the following charities:

  • Giffen House residential transitional house for battered women and children
  • The Living Room a day treatment center for at risk women and children
  • California Homemakers Association a self help group for low income families
  • St. Rose Center a residential center homeless families
  • Homeless Services Center
  • Casa Calmecac a residential treatment center for men with substance abuse issues who are getting out of jail.

Contact: Shivananda, 707-526-3606


Every third Thursday of the month at 4150 Harbor Street, Pittsburg, CA within the Buchanan Park Community Center. Serving of food begins at 7:15 pm and, conclude at 8:30 pm. Contact: Eknath

Santa Cruz

Serving food every 2nd Sunday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at the River Street Emergency Shelter. Contact: Amma Santa Cruz