World Central Kitchen

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World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Founded in 2010 by celebrity chef José Andrés, the organization prepared food in Haiti following its devastating earthquake. Its method of operations is to be a first responder and then to collaborate and galvanize solutions with local chefs to solve the problem of hunger, immediately following a disaster.[1][2]

Disaster relief[edit]

Chef José Andrés with White House liaison staff

Since its founding, the NGO has organized meals in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, Cuba, Uganda, and in Cambodia.[3][4][5]

World Central Kitchen and Andrés emerged as a leader of the disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017. World Central Kitchen served more than 3,000,000 meals. Its founder wrote a 2018 book about the experience called We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time.[6]

In August 2017, WCK was coordinating efforts with the American Red Cross and working in Houston, Texas following Hurricane Harvey.[7]

WCK operated in Southern California in Ventura County during the December 2017 Thomas Fire to assist firefighters and first responders and provided food to families affected by the fires.[8]

A kitchen to serve the Hawaiian communities affected by a volcanic eruption in June 2018 was set up.[1]

In September 2018, WCK worked in South Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.[9]

In November 2018, WCK and Andrés teamed up with chefs Guy Fieri, and Tyler Florence, and local Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to bring Thanksgiving dinner to 15,000 Camp Fire survivors in Butte County, California.[10][11]

In January 2019 WCK and Andrés opened a restaurant on Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC to feed federal workers that were furloughed during the government shutdown.[12]



  1. ^ a b Wilson, Christie (June 25, 2018). "World Central Kitchen helps to ensure quality meals are made available for evacuees". Honolulu star advertiser. Honolulu.
  2. ^ Cunniffe, Eileen (September 17, 2018). "Chefs as First Responders? Yes, Thanks to World Central Kitchen". nonprofit quarterly. Boston, MA.
  3. ^ "José Andrés's World Central Kitchen, Explained". Eater. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  4. ^ "Chefs Make Change: José Andrés for World Central Kitchen | Food & Wine". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  5. ^ "José Andrés Fed Puerto Rico, and May Change How Aid Is Given". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  6. ^ Carman, Tim (September 6, 2018). "José Andrés's riveting 'We Fed an Island' calls for a revolution in disaster relief". Washington Post.
  7. ^ Carman, Tim (August 30, 2017). "José Andrés is in Houston, ready to cook: 'If I can feed one person, I'm happy.'". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  8. ^ "Thomas Fire: Volunteer program providing healthy meals to displaced families". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  9. ^ Simon, Erica (2018-09-16). "Celebrity chef cooking up meals to help Florence relief efforts". ABC13 Houston. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  10. ^ "World Central Kitchen serves up 55K meals". Malibu Surfside News. 2018-11-22. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  11. ^ "Calif. fire evacuees do their best on a sad Thanksgiving". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  12. ^ "Chef José Andrés will serve free meals daily to furloughed federal workers in Washington". CNN.
  13. ^ Carman, Tim (February 21, 2018). "Beard Foundation names José Andrés Humanitarian of the Year following a turbulent year for chefs". The Washington Post.
  14. ^ Emeril Lagasse (2018). "José Andrés is on the 2018 TIME 100 List". Time. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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