Human Services Groups Provide Help for San Diegans Who Can’t Help Themselves

Mama's Kitchen
For more than two decades, health and human services organization Mama’s Kitchen has provided nutritious food to support men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer who are vulnerable to hunger.

Of the 10,196 501(c)(3) public charities in San Diego, more than one-third of them are health and human services nonprofit organizations. That’s more than all arts & culture and education nonprofit organizations combined.

As the largest charitable category in our region, health and human services agencies protect the health of all San Diegans and provide essential human services.

Services include food and drug safety, child abuse and domestic violence prevention, substance abuse treatment, services for older adults, medical preparedness, disease prevention and more.

Boys & Girls Clubs, Meals-on-Wheels and Mama’s Kitchen are some of the larger health and human services organizations in San Diego.

How is your organization providing health and human services to help enrich the lives of San Diegans? Let us know in the comments below!

Health and Human Services Groups Making an Impact

For more than two decades, Mama’s Kitchen has provided nutritious food to support men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer who are vulnerable to hunger.

With hundreds of volunteers, businesses, and community supporters, Mama’s Kitchen strives to help clients stay healthy, preserve their dignity, and keep their families together by providing free, culturally appropriate home-delivered meals, along with pantry services and nutrition education.

To date, Mama’s Kitchen has served more than 8 million home meals since 1990.


Another local group affecting positive change in our community is the Burn Institute. Founded in 1972, the organization is dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Today, the Burn Institute continues to:

  • Reach thousands of children and adults each year with lifesaving fire and burn prevention education;
  • Fund vital burn research and treatment;
  • And conduct burn survivor support programs that help children and adults cope with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their injuries;

Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego also plays a key role in our community, helping grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. For many children, the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses, according to Make-A-Wish, and that’s why wishes matter.

Wish Stories range anywhere from a snow trip to Mt. Rainier, to a skate park birthday party or a princess journey at the Magic Kingdom.

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants nearly 14,000 wishes every year, many of them for children right here in San Diego.

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The San Diego Foundation is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that help grow a more vibrant region, and we encourage you to join our efforts.

Learn more about the health and human services organizations with agency and endowment funds at The Foundation and donate today:

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How is your organization providing health and human services to help enrich the lives of San Diegans? Let us know in the comments!