World Central Kitchen, the mobile relief kitchen led by Chef José Andrés, is on the scene in the Bahamas, making sandwiches and hot meals for the residents of the islands in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Andrés has actively been tweeting about WCK’s Dorian mobilization since Saturday, giving his followers the inside scoop on how his team has been organizing relief. “How do we organize a response in Bahamas?” he tweeted on Sunday, sharing a map of WCK kitchens and shelters. And he shared the plan B that helped to feed the people of Puerto Rico after Maria: “If kitchens are destroyed, we build one and cook in big paella pans!”
Andrés has since stayed in the Bahamas while deploying other members of WCK to North Carolina. On Thursday, he tweeted out a video taken by one of his team’s drones flying over Marsh Harbor in Abaco, capturing the heartbreaking devastation that has taken place on the island, with relatively few buildings and trees left standing. While there, he has set a goal of serving at least 10,000 meals and potable water to people living on the island. “I think we’re going to be here for quite some weeks,” he told Anderson Cooper in a conversation on CNN.
His relief efforts over the past couple of years have earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. WCK’s 2018 annual report tracked the substantial work that the organization has been able to do since first coming together after Hurricane Maria. Last year, WCK responded to a total of 13 disasters around the globe, serving up half a million meals in Guatemala after the eruption of the Fuego volcano, and a total that exceeded half a million more meals in Indonesia following a series of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. In addition to these first response efforts, the organization continued to rebuild Puerto Rico by issuing over $500,000 in grants to the island; in Haiti, WCK celebrated the graduation of 30 new, trained chefs. WCK offered manmade disaster relief as well, dishing out 200,000 meals in Tijuana to feed migrants stuck at the border.
WCK will receive a boost of funding for their Bahamas mobilization from the Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna’s emergency response and educational advocacy non-profit. The organization also plans to channel some of its resources to Direct Relief in order to help first responders address the medical needs of the community. Since its inception in 2016, the Clara Lionel Foundation has stepped up to provide disaster relief in the wake up Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
You can participate in relief efforts, too, by being an everyday hero, donating just $10 to the WCK by texting “FOOD” to 80100 from your mobile phone; the donation will be tacked onto your phone bill at the end of the month.