Chef José Andrés Continues to Demonstrate Solidarity, Setting Up Kitchen in the Navajo Nation

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Photo Credit Navajo Times | Cindy Yurth Celebrity chef José Andrés lifts a box of fresh vegetables to be placed in a Mexican Springs resident’s car Friday.

Chef José Andrés is once again walking the walk and talking the talk, making an appearance where he is needed most.

Last Friday, the Spanish celebrity announced from the small Mexican Springs Chapter, New Mexico, that his charity, World Central Kitchen, had already set to work at the Bee Hóldzil Event Center at Window Rock High School, to lend a hand to the forgotten Navajo Nation during the pandemic.

Between boxes of packaged food to be distributed and a kitchen stove to cook meals for COVID-positive families who are confined, José Andrés has once again demonstrated his commitment to serving those most in need.

Since founding his organization in 2010 in response to the Haiti earthquake, the Hispanic American chef has fed victims of natural disasters in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, Cuba, Uganda, and Cambodia.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Andrés partnered with the Washington Nationals to use the team’s stadium to transform it into a kitchen and distribution center for free meals.

For Native American communities, the situation is even more critical.

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Actor Sean Penn takes a break while waiting to be interviewed by media at Mexican Springs Chapter Friday.

As the largest American Indian tribe in the United States with a population of 356,890 the Navajo Nation is one of the communities most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, especially because of its poor access to clean water.

The impossibility of practicing social distancing, prevention, and hygiene protocols has transformed the Navajo Nation into a community with one of the highest infection rates in the world and, simultaneously, one of the most forgotten by the federal government.

That’s why, along with the chef, actor Sean Penn, co-founder of Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and who has been touring much of the affected areas on the reservation with the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, announced that he would donate 30,000 test kits to the Navajo Nation.