Breaking down the buffet-line barrier

One Meal At A Time.


Fill-A-Belly started with the simple belief that we can all make a difference in our community. Over the last 10 years, our value for relationship continues to be the driving force behind everything we do and every meal we serve.

We Value…


We aren’t your average homeless outreach.


who we serve

First and foremost, everyone we have the opportunity to serve is referred to as our guest. Some of the people we get to welcome are:

  • Food insecure

  • Homeless or Travelers

  • Low income families

  • People with mental illnesses

  • People with addictions

  • Anyone from the community who needs a hot meal and some companionship

  • Each other

how we serve

Every week, we see people from a wide range of backgrounds come together as a community. Our goal is to break down the “buffet line barrier” that often exists between volunteers and guests.

We do this by inviting our volunteers to interact with the emphasis on building relationships with our guests.

Every week our volunteer team prepares and serves a nutritious, home-cooked meal for our guests at two locations: Holiday Park in Carlsbad and Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas.


We are an entirely volunteer run organization.


Our Team

We wouldn’t exist without the dedicated commitment of our volunteers.


Volunteer Staff
Laura Voskova
Executive Director

Molly McKeown

Morgan Funke

Volunteer Board
Mike Debbas

Jules Abraham
Board Member

Kathleen Dallas-Orr
Board Member

John Brody
Board Member

Todd Pazdur
Board Member

James Phenice
Board Member


We welcome you to join us.


Our history


In April 2008 Molly McKeown was walking in the Village of Carlsbad to a friend’s house. During her walk she was approached by several homeless asking for a meal or money to buy food. Having nothing to give them, Molly continued on her way. In that moment, her eyes were suddenly opened to the needs of the homeless in her community.

She had never noticed them before; a group sitting at the fountain, a man sleeping at the Coaster station, a woman walking her bike down the sea wall. Distressed by the number of people who approached her and heart-broken that she had nothing to give them, Molly began to contemplate what she could do. What did she possibly have to give?

That’s when she thought the simple idea, “I have a kitchen, I can cook.” She offered the idea to her sister Morgan who supported it and saw it as an opportunity to get others involved in the community. Morgan jumped at the chance to do something tangible. The two sisters’ endeavor started as sack dinners and has now grown into a two-city operation offering friendship and a warm meal to upwards of 200 people a week.