Our Founder

Louise Benson

Louise Benson

It is incredible that very little is known about a person who left such an indelible mark of goodwill as her legacy. She was dubbed “Mother Teresa of San Jose” during her lifetime. With the help of her Pastor Fr. John Coleman and a few close friends she left us with two large non-profit organizations in San Jose: Sacred Heart Community Services and Martha’s Kitchen. As founder of Martha’s Kitchen, Louise Benson put her energy and resources into building an organization for the purpose of serving the poor in the community. Like the many believers of her vision, we wish to pursue her mission and continue her work especially in the area of hunger. Won’t you join us?

Since then, over a million meals have been served with the help of volunteers from surrounding communities, schools and churches of all denominations, along with individual donors in the spirit of Louise Benson’s concept of feeding the hungry in our community.