Chef José Andrés’ hunger relief organisation, World Central Kitchen (WCK), has begun distributing meals to the 100,000 people displaced by violence and airstrikes in Gaza.
His team joined forces with Anera, a non-profit which has been helping refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the region since 1968, and the Cooperative Society for Savings and Lending, a women’s vocational training centre.
According to WCK, their program is supporting 50 women who are preparing meals in 5 kitchens across Gaza with produce coming from 25 local farmers. They also plan on working with local restaurants, paying them to help prepare meals and expand the hunger relief efforts.
Ensuring all volunteers and staff remain safe, production only began on the weekend after a ceasefire was announced on Friday at 2am local time.
In a message posted on Instagram, WCK shared that their team in Beit Hanoun served chicken, rice, salad and bananas on their first day of meal distribution.
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Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen teams have ongoing projects around the globe – they’ve been serving 20,000 meals a day in India as the country grapples with a COVID-19 crisis, providing food packages to asylum seekers arriving at the US-Mexico border and serving the Caribbean island of St Vincent where a volcano recently erupted.
To learn more about World Central Kitchen and the incredible work they do, check out wck.org.
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