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World Central Kitchen, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés and his wife, Patricia, to create smart solutions to hunger and poverty. Using a two-pronged approach focused on relief and resilience, World Central Kitchen empowers communities and strengthens economies through food.
The organization has developed a model of quick action, leveraging local resources and adapting in real time, enabling them to respond to multiple disasters at once and often on opposite ends of the world. Following its pivotal response when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, World Central Kitchen’s Chef Relief Team has responded to natural and man-made emergencies in Haiti, Peru, Houston, California, Hawaii, Indonesia, Guatemala, Mexico, the Carolinas, Florida, Nebraska, Mozambique, Columbia and Venezuela. Through 24 deployments and with more than 44,000 volunteer shifts worked, World Central Kitchen has served more than 10 million meals, providing not just nourishment, but also comfort in times of crisis.