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Kitchen Update

We continue to improve the kitchen, getting it ready for final food certification with the San Diego County Health Department. In July we scheduled and had installed the stainless steel backsplash for the ovens and stove. Two super volunteers, Barbara Siesel and Bruce George, coordinated the contracting, fabrication and installation with our Chef Cindy; the results provide additional fire safety and, quite honestly, a bit of class, to the kitchen.

Thanks to a generous grant in August from the San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization, TACO has acquired a new two-door reach-in freezer, adding much needed, and more energy efficient, storage space. This, in addition to the chest refrigerator and kitchen floor mats recently donated by Bootstrap Kombucha, allows us to prep and store food in advance, and more easily to maintain social distancing while cooking our Monday and Friday meals.

The last upgrade needed in the kitchen involves evaluation and expansion of our hot water delivery system to determine the water heater capacity necessary for the kitchen permit. If you have mechanical engineering experience in determin-
ing hot water capacity and/or installation experience in this field and are willing to collaborate with us on this effort, please contact Chef Cindy at

The Latest - Volunteers and Donations by Brad Young

By now, you may have concluded TACO is in need of volunteers. For the first time in months, the answer is yes...


As Volunteer Coordinator, this makes me extremely happy, because it gives me a chance to bring people back in. The safety guidelines we are following do not allow for large groups anymore (’s not that we don’t still love you!) However, we are in need of small numbers of volunteers for our new services.

Mondays and Fridays are pretty much spoken for, because it is simply safer to have a designated crew.

But we DO need 2 to 3 volunteers for each of the following days/times:

  • Tuesday Meal 2 until 4 PM

  • Wednesday Donations 10 until

  • noon

  • Thursday Meal 2 until 4 PM

In regards to donations, we can use the following items:

  • Men’s gym and casual shorts

  • Men’s and Women’s underwear

  • Men’s sweat pants/casual pants

  • Belts

  • T-Shirts

  • Women’s clothing (summer)

  • Hoodies

  • Backpacks

  • Blankets

  • Hygiene kits

  • Men’s and Women’s Shoes 9 to 12


If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please email me at and let me know your availability. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

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