World Central Kitchen
About World Central Kitchen
Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. WCK has created a new model for disaster response through its work helping devastated communities recover and establish resilient food systems. WCK has served more than 40 million fresh meals to people impacted by natural disasters and other crises around the world in countries including The Bahamas, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Venezuela, and the United States. WCK’s Resilience Programs in the Caribbean and Central America have trained hundreds of chefs and school cooks, advanced clean cooking practices, and awarded grants to farms, fisheries and small food businesses while also providing training and networking opportunities. Learn more at wck.org.
About WCK’s Disaster Relief Work
World Central Kitchen (WCK) uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. When disaster strikes, WCK’s Chef Relief Team mobilizes to the frontlines with the urgency of now to start cooking and provide meals to people in need. Deploying our model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, we are able to respond to multiple disasters at once — often on opposite ends of the world. By partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of food trucks or emergency kitchens, WCK provides freshly made, nutritious meals to survivors of disasters quickly and effectively. We know that good food provides not only nourishment, but also comfort and hope, especially in times of crisis.
Photos of our disaster relief work are available here. Please credit World Central Kitchen/WCK.org.
About WCK’s Resilience Work
World Central Kitchen (WCK) uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. After WCK has led a food relief activation and the emergency is over, we sometimes make long-term commitments of support in places where we feel we can successfully address chronic food system challenges with our unique blend of talents and resources. Through locally led approaches, our food resilience programs advance human and environmental health, offer access to professional culinary training, create jobs, and improve food security for the people we serve. This work began after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, with the belief that food can be a powerful agent of positive change in distressed communities. Our programs cover a range of areas, including clean cooking, food safety and sanitation, culinary education, and building resilient food systems. We have worked across the Caribbean and in Latin America. Learn more at wck.org/programs.
Photos highlighting our long-term resilience programs are available here. Please credit World Central Kitchen/WCK.org.
About WCK's COVID-19 Relief Efforts
World Central Kitchen (WCK) uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. World Central Kitchen is a team of food first responders, mobilizing with the urgency of now to get meals to those who need them most. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we've activated thousands of restaurants and kitchens to feed marginalized and vulnerable communities and our brave medical professionals on the front lines. WCK’s Restaurants for the People program attacks the growing hunger and economic crises on two fronts by paying local restaurants to cook fresh meals for their neighbors in need—at the same time getting food to hungry people and keeping restaurants and their teams open and working. We know that a nourishing meal in a time of crisis is so much more than a plate of food—it's hope, it's dignity, it's a sign that someone cares about you and that you are not alone. When we work urgently to get fresh meals to people in need, we're sharing so much more than a meal, and that's why we do what we do. Learn more here.
Photos of our COVID-19 response are available here. Please credit World Central Kitchen/WCK.org.
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