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Mama's Kitchen, which has provided meals for people with AIDS and cancer for years, has lost its longtime lease at 1875 Second Avenue and the church property is up for sale. The nonprofit has a six-month extension, allowing them to remain through June 2011. According to the 2009 audit report for Mama's Kitchen, their rent has increased by five percent each year. Their 2009 rent expense was $83,014, including rental space at 4083 30th Street for Mama's Pantry.

The nonprofit hopes to buy a 11,300 square foot facility at 3960 Home Avenue (at Beech Street), the site of Maria's Fresh Foods Inc. Currently in escrow, the building's purchase price is reportedly about $800,000. Ileana Koupal. president of the food company, did not respond to phone calls or email requesting comment.

Asked for more specifics, executive director Alberto Cortes emailed December 9. “We are still in the preliminary stages; our targeted property is still in escrow. Once we move forward with that process, we will be able to determine the projected costs of renovations and the set goals for in-kind donations. Our capital fundraising campaign is also in its early stages,” Cortes continued, “and we anticipate gaining momentum within the first half of 2011.”

Mama’s Kitchen has served more than five million meals since it was founded in 1990.

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