311 Willow Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Food is a basic need, not a luxury. At Martha's Kitchen, we fulfill this need for those who are most vulnerable to food insecurity in our community. We currently provide 100,000 meals and 200,000 pounds of groceries each month to those in need.
- Carol* who due to some circumstances could not share the same living quarters with her family. So she meets her husband and children at Martha's Kitchen so that they can have a meal together as a family. Here they enjoy a clean, warm and welcoming place to enjoy each other's company while having a nice nutritious dinner.- Joe and Betty* had dined at our soup kitchen for years.. One day they came in their jalopy and handed us $300 cash to give back for all the years we helped them when they were down and out. Asked if they could not use the cash to help fix their car, the reply was, "Oh no, there are people who are in more dire need than us. We now have a job and we want to give back!"- After receiving a grant from Adobe at a breakfast meeting, our Executive Director was on the way to the parking lot when another another attendee stopped to thank her for helping her out when she was without a job. She said, "Just a year ago, I was eating Martha's Kitchen food. Thanks so much. Now I have a job as Admin Assistant at a nonprofit."- John* after eating at our soup kitchen stays behind and insists that he wants to help mop the floor although he is obviously suffering from some form of arthritis of the back. He always says, "The meal always tastes better when you give back."* For privacy we have not used the real names of the real people in each of the stories.