I have been working at Martha's Kitchen for 15 years and loving every minute of it. All this time I had often heard it mentioned as a vision — some sort of marketplace such as what Hunger at Home has achieved in such a short time. Hunger at Home bridges the gap between excess food and the needy in the community. So, after every event at its partner venues like the San Jose Convention Center, Levi's Stadium, etc. nonprofit organizations like Martha's Kitchen are notified to pick up the unserved food.
Martha’s Kitchen which is focused on curbing hunger in Santa Clara County has turned its efforts to hungry students in public colleges and universities.
In various studies that have appeared in the San Jose Mercury News and other media outlets, as many as 1 in 4 college students in public higher institutions experience food insecurity. To view the 2014 San Jose State Food Access Study, click:
Martha's Kitchen had arranged to provide hot meals starting last January at SJSU but that plan has been delayed by the university due to personnel changes and reorganization in the departments involved with the project. To address the issue, we are turning to social media, passing out flyers and old fashioned word-of-mouth to get the word out that Martha's Kitchen welcomes students needing a meal anytime during their hours of operation. This approach is a throwback to the Depression era. Martha's Kitchen will gladly open its doors to make it convenient for low-income students to have a meal regardless of their class schedule.
This grassroots approach to feed students is just one of the strategies Martha's Kitchen has taken to put a dent on the pervasive problem of hunger in the Bay Area and surrounding communities. Cruz continues, "Our near term goal is to prepare one million meals annually. We are close to the half-million mark and have the ability to serve more!"
Meals are served not only at our leased facility at Sacred Heart Church but at over 30 partner sites as far away as Gilroy, Salinas, Los Banos, Merced and Santa Cruz. Any nonprofit organization that has volunteers, a clean facility, utensils, and most importantly the passion to feed need only to open their doors". Martha's Kitchen will provide, FREE of charge, the meals to be served with all the fixin's.
"We have collaborated with Lohbeck Capital Management Group and Second Harvest Food Bank to reach out to other nonprofits organizations to start or expand their meal service. Paul Wallin of Lohbeck Capital Management Group who organizes free workshops for nonprofits each quarter decided to dedicate his time this quarter to calling various organizations for Martha's Kitchen. Every day he calls 15+ organizations to help connect with Martha's Kitchen.”
For more information, contact Edita Cruz with Martha’s Kitchen directly at (408) 293-6111.