For Immediate Release

April 29, 2021 – San Diego, CA – The Chula Vista Community Foundation, (CVCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $100,000 to four nonprofit programs that are supporting COVID-19 pandemic recovery and relief efforts for Chula Vista residents, including relief for people facing food insecurity, former foster youth and small business owners.

“As one of the hardest hit regions, we want to ensure Chula Vista and its residents have the resources they need to forge ahead and successfully recover from the pandemic,” shared CVCF Board Chair Carmen Richardson. “Through effective philanthropy and strategic grantmaking, these grant programs benefit those who live and work in Chula Vista, now and in the future.”

According to San Diego County data, Chula Vista has experienced some of the highest rates of COVID-19 in the region since March 2020, and families continue to face challenges stemming from the crisis. These nonprofit organizations will play a critical role in addressing the pandemic impacts in the Chula Vista community.

List of 2021-2022 Grantees:

  • $20,000 to Mama’s Kitchen for its Home-Delivered Meal Service that provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and healthy snacks to critically ill San Diego County residents and their children, every day of the year, at no-cost
  • $45,00 to Feeding San Diego to support its Chula Vista partner agency program, Chula Vista Agency Operations, through delivery of produce and dry goods to its distribution sites, which will then be distributed within its community
  • $25,000 to Just in Time for Foster Youth for General COVID Relief program that will help former foster youth achieve financial security, develop and leverage supportive relationships, and define themselves, their power and their future
  • $10,000 to Accessity (formerly Accion San Diego), for its COVID-19 Relief and Recovery for Chula Vista Small Businesses program, which will provide capital, individualized advising, and educational events and resources for small business owners

In its 10 years of grantmaking, CVCF has granted more than $550,000 to over 30 nonprofit programs that strengthen quality of life for all who live, work and enjoy Chula Vista. To become a CVCF member, visit the website or contact Estela Mitrani at

The Regional Affiliate program, including the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, was established by The San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy, and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $5 million overall, and granted more than $6 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.