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Buildings Renovated For Food Provider

White Construction of Carlsbad has finished renovating part of a Salvation Army campus in Kearny Mesa as the new home for Kitchens for Good, a nonprofit that provides food for the homeless, the elderly and at-risk youth while offering culinary training people who were homeless, are out of work or formerly imprisoned.

Kitchens for Good leased two renovated buildings on the Salvation Army’s Door of Hope campus, 2799 Health Campus Center Drive.

“It’s a really nice opportunity and there’s so many amazing partnership opportunities with the Salvation Army,” said CEO Jennifer Gilmore.

The move consolidates the nonprofit’s operations into a single location and will allow Kitchens for Good to expand its culinary training program and provide more meals, Gilmore said.

“With COVID, we decided to concentrate all of our programming into the kitchen on the Door of Hope campus,” Gilmore said.

The nonprofit had been using space in the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in Chollas View.


Gilmore said that Kitchens for Good prepares about 5,000 meals frozen meals a week, which are distributed by hunger relief programs such as the San Diego Food Bank.

“We’ve done 275,000 meals in the last year because of the increased need,” Gilmore said.

The new location has allowed Kitchens for Good to expand its culinary apprenticeship program from 100 people to 150.

The 20-month program includes classroom work, kitchen training and on-the-job training.

The two Kearny Mesa buildings that Kitchens for Good leased from the Salvation Army had been vacant for some time and were used for storage, Gilmore said.

“The kitchen hadn’t been used for the last 10 years,” Gilmore said. “The Salvation Army had been referring to it as the warehouse.”

The renovation included building 3,000 square feet of administrative offices for the nonprofit and a redoing a 2,500 square-foot commercial kitchen for the culinary training program, according to Steve White, CEO of White Construction. 

The existing kitchen hadn’t been used for a decade.

“We had to do some substantial (building) code upgrades,” White said. “It had been abandoned and had to meet all new codes.


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