Six weeks after the World Central Kitchen team arrived in Guatemala to activate our operations, our team has served its 300,000th meal to victims of the Fuego Volcano. Take a look at how #ChefsForGuatemala grew to become the largest emergency feeding operation following the eruption, and our operation’s next steps.
Just hours after El Fuego erupted, our partners in Guatemala were preparing sandwiches to distribute to rescue workers and those in need. Within a few days, we set up our main kitchen in Antigua and began identifying official and unofficial shelters to distribute hot meals. In total, our operation has activated and served:
- Three kitchens and six food trucks
- 1,000 volunteers
- 34 shelters served
- Three kitchens established in rural communities
Becoming the largest disaster feeding operation in Guatemala after El Fuego required massive manpower – and food! Our operations to date have utilized:
- 74,000 pounds of meat
- 127,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables (most of which were purchased from local farmers and suppliers)
- 41,000 pounds of pasta, rice, and beans
As with any of our operations, #ChefsForGuatemala went beyond feeding, by working closely with communities to assess their needs and provide effective, sustainable solutions. One of these communities is Ceilán, located just 4 km away from El Fuego. Our chefs made the long and often perilous journey each day to deliver meals to community members, who had their crops destroyed by the pyroclastic fallout. WCK installed LPG cookstoves and established a community kitchen to help serve meals, and installed a water filtration system to help the community have consistent access to fresh, clean water.
WCK has also been proud to work with several partners to further our impact. Through our partnership with the INTECAP Culinary Program, members of World Central Kitchen’s Chef Network have provided culinary training to 46 students while working on the front lines of our meal operation.
WCK has transitioned to feeding unofficial shelters and communities, after handing off feeding of official shelters to the Guatemalan government. We continue to provide quality meals for those without consistent access to food while seeking solutions that help to build resiliency, such as community kitchens and water filtration systems.