Become A Client

The gift of healthy food prepared with love and the caring support of your community

Teen Kitchen Project

Teen Kitchen Project is a non-profit organization that provides nutritious meals for adults and children with serious illnesses who, because of their serious medical diagnoses, have difficulty cooking and shopping.

Cognitive limitations are eligible for dementia diagnoses and HIV/AIDS diagnoses only.

Approximately 85% of our clients have cancer, and 15% have another acute illness.

Our goal is to help clients stay well-nourished in order to lessen side effects, increase positive treatment outcomes and help them recover more quickly after treatment is over. Teen Kitchen Project also aims to teach clients that nutritious, whole foods can be a foundation for their healing. Through the direct experience of eating organic nutrient-rich meals each week, our clients deepen their understanding that whole food sustains and supports their health.

For this reason the minimum of time to receive meals is 8 weeks.

We are a small organization currently able to serve 50 clients and their families in Santa Cruz County at a time. As a result, we give priority to clients who are economically disadvantaged, to those with children, to people living alone without any support, and to those who do not qualify for any other meal program such as Meals on Wheels.

Our Programs


There are two ways to participate, and the client and the Client Manager will decide together which is the best fit at this time. Both options deliver the same nutritious meals to your home and support you during your health crisis.

Free Meals

For up to 12 weeks, clients who qualify receive a bag of prepared, nutrient-rich, organic meals delivered to their door. Everyone in the family will receive meals if desired so the family can eat together with as little stress as possible and so everyone can learn about healthy eating. 24 weeks is the maximum someone can be on this program.

Low-cost Meals

For those families who do not qualify for Free Meals, this option offers the same weekly delivery of prepared, nutrient-rich organic meals for everyone in the family, delivered to your door for  a sliding scale suggested donation of $10-$30 per person per week. We are able to offer these organic delivered meals at this low price thanks to our many food donors and the many volunteers who give their time each month. Participating in our Low-cost meal option provides vital funds so we can care for those with very little financial means. If a client completes 24 weeks as a participant in the free meals option, they are eligible to be considered for Low-cost meals if there is room. The Low-cost option is typically offered for 24 weeks with the possibility of continuing if there is room on the program.

What You Receive

  • 3 complete entrees with side dishes, ready to be heated up and enjoyed
  • 1 pint of soup
  • 1 pint of salad
  • 1 healthy dessert

The Process

  • Fill out this form:
  • Our Client Manager will contact you to discuss when the most supportive time to receive the meals would be and set a start date for service.
  • She will also discuss your treatment plans and how long you might be receiving the meals.
  • Your Client Liaison will remain in contact with you while you are receiving meals to insure that the meals we send are as nourishing as possible.