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Annual Report

FY 2019-2020

Behind every meal is the story of new beginnings
 

"I used to take from my community, 

Now I take care of my community."

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Dear Friends,

Since our first day of operation in 2015, Kitchens for Good has prepared more than 300 individuals for careers, provided more than 500,000 meals to food insecure San Diegans, and earned more than $5,000,000 through its enterprises. This annual report captures some of the stories behind those numbers and how we've worked to scale our impact in the last year.

 

Whether you volunteer, donate, serve as a partner, or attend our events, these stories are because of your support. Thank you for sharing our belief that all food has power, and all people have potential.

 

With sincere gratitude and warm wishes, 

 

The Team at Kitchens for Good

The Heroes

Behind the Masks

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Soni Shine

Kitchens for Good Chef Instructor

and Alumni, Class 13

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"My favorite part is getting to go out into the line and seeing the people we help and how much these meals mean to them. I’m grateful to be doing something I love with the people I love and having something so positive to stay focused on during these crazy times."
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Geannie Hyacinth 

Apprentice, Class 18

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"It is such a pleasure being a part of something that is helping and inspiring the community. Before my training at Kitchens for Good, me and my son were experiencing homelessness, which was very dark at times. Coming to a place that was so positive and making a difference has allowed me to gain confidence and get back on my feet to launch my career.” 
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Jason Burket 

Apprentice, Class 19

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"For a long time, I was a hinderance to society. Now I’m able to give back to society. I love being able to bring joy or comfort to others. Feeding the community gives me purpose.”     
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Alex Otero 

Apprentice, Class 18

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“I’m proud of myself. My family and friends are seeing a whole new me. They now see someone who is focused, determined, and helping the community. This is the first time in my life that I’ve had a job, paid bills, and felt truly valuable. "
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Karen Marcum 

Lead Cook and Alumni, Class Three

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“Prior to Kitchens for Good I was homeless, with very little hope for
my future. I feel blessed to now be
able to give back to the community that
is struggling, because I was there and
I know how that feels. The kitchen
has been a bright spot during this
dark time. ”      
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Sharon Washington 

Apprentice, Class 20

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“This is about the people out there- helping them. I really like making the meals and getting a chance to give back to the community. It makes me feel really good."
 
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Impact

By the Numbers

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We Saw Apprentices

Succeed

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Covid-19 Response

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As the pandemic reached San Diego in March, Kitchens for Good quickly pivoted its operations to respond to the crisis and community need. In the first months of the pandemic, Kitchens for Good: 

  • Scaled hunger relief meal production from 2,000 meals a week in February to over 15,000 meals a week by June to meet a critical need for food insecure families affected by Covid-19. 

  • Rallied an army of over 1,800 volunteers to assist with meal packaging. 

  • Engaged student apprentices in an online daily life skills and career development class over Zoom and provided apprentices with weekly home-delivered culinary kits filled with ingredients and cooking lessons. 

  • Reached out to 258 alumni and connected them to food, financial support, and mental health resources. As the quarantine was lifted, the team worked all summer to help apprentices reenter the workforce and secure new jobs. 

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We Responded

boldly

 

We found our future home

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For the last few years, Kitchens for Good has been looking for a larger kitchen that could accommodate more apprentices and prepare more meals. This year, Kitchens for Good finally found its ideal home at the Salvation Army’s Door of Hope Campus. With renovations underway, the new 7500 sq. ft. kitchen and office space will launch in early 2021 to welcome apprentices and volunteers. The new space will include: 

  • A demonstration kitchen for instructors to easily show apprentices new techniques.

  • Large walk-in cooler and freezer space to expand the food rescue and meal production capabilities.  

  • Industrial equipment that can efficiently produce thousands of portions. 

We doubled down on careers

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Kitchens for Good is committed to ensure apprentices not only get jobs, but gain access to careers. This year Kitchens for Good invested in bolstering its apprenticeship model as it prepared to launch a baking and food service management program.  

This includes revamping the curriculum, increasing the frequency of skills assessments, and cultivating new employer partners that are committed to the long-term success of apprentices. With these improvements, Kitchens for Good is confident that in the year ahead 80% of enrolled apprentices will remain employed and on track to receive their apprenticeship certificates, and 100% of employed apprentices will receive wage growth over the 20-month program. 

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We Celebrated Chuck Samuelson's Impact and Legacy

Nearly seven years ago, Chuck Samuelson decided to pursue his dream of ensuring no food went to waste, and no kid went hungry.  To that end, he left a twenty-year career in hospitality and founded what today has become Kitchen for Good. 

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Thanks to Chuck's vision, over the past five years,  more than 300 individuals have transformed their lives from ones of incarceration, addiction and homelessness, to lives of transformation, employment, and hope, and thousands of pounds of food have been rescued and meals prepared.  

Ever the social entrepreneur and visionary, Chuck has never lost the desire to explore new opportunities, innovate, and connect with others.  This year, Chuck transitioned out of operations at Kitchens for Good and returned to his loves of dreaming big, building partnerships, and helping others. Please join us in thanking, celebrating, and wishing Chuck Samuelson all the best on his next best thing. 

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Our work was recognized

and Amplified

Irvine Leadership Award

In January, Kitchens for Good’s CEO, Jennifer Gilmore, was awarded the 2020 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes Kitchens for Good's impact on issues of poverty, hunger, and food waste in California, and Jennifer's years of leadership in using food as a catalyst for change.  As one of five leaders recognized across the state, The James Irvine Foundation provided each recipient’s organization with a grant of $250,000 to support their work, and an opportunity to meet with political leaders in Sacramento.  

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Catalyst Kitchens Model Member 

This year Kitchens for Good was recognized as a national leader in the culinary job training field by being named a Model Member by Catalyst Kitchens, a national network of social enterprise culinary job training programs. With our strong program outcomes and track records, Kitchens for Good joins 16 other Model Member organizations across the United States that are leading the network in proven training practices and yearly outcome reports.                       

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Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award 

In October 2019, Kitchens for Good was selected by Bank of America as one of two organizations in San Diego to receive the Neighborhood Builders Award. These two nonprofits were selected for work to end homelessness and create workforce training and opportunities. Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award provided a $200,000 grant for each honoree and a year of leadership training for the Executive Director and an emerging leader at the organization. 

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Board & Senior Staff

BOARD

EMMA EPES

CPA and Partner

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Board Chair

BOBBY RAMIREZ

General Manager

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San Diego Convention Center

Board Treasurer

SHAWN PARR

CEO and Guvner

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HOWARD SOLOMON

Founder

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JULIANNE MARKOW

Chief Operation Officer

Voice of San Diego

Vice Chair

MIKE IRWIN

Founder

Bottle Rocket Advisors

JEFF JOHNSON

Executive Vice President

McKellar McGowan Real Estate Development

CATHERINE BLAIR

Retired Educator

KAREN HENKEN

Professor of Practice 

University of San Diego

Board Secretary

SERGIO ALVAREZ

CEO

DuChateau

JESS YUEN

Campaign Director

Rady Children's Hospital Foundation

CHUCK SAMUELSON

Founder

Kitchens for Good

SENIOR STAFF

JENNIFER GILMORE

Chief Executive Officer

AVIVA PALEY

Co-Founder &

Senior Director

NATALIA MOUSSA

Director of Finance

LORI LOVE

Director of Operations

DENNIS CROSBY

Director of Programs

LINDSEY SEEGERS

Director of Curriculum

& Instruction

 
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OUR SUPPORTERS

Everything we do is powered by our supporters, advocates, and partners. In 2019/20, that community grew larger, more passionate, and more generous than ever before.
 
Thank you for making our work possible.
 
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WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN continue to increase OUR IMPACT.

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