To date, World Central Kitchen has served over 3.4 million meals reaching every municipality in Puerto Rico from 25 kitchens with the help of over 19,000 volunteers. Learn more about the story of #ChefsForPuertoRico.
WCK founder José Andrés and the World Central Kitchen team arrived in September 2017 just a few days after Hurricane Maria wiped out the entire power grid and decimated agriculture and infrastructure. After cooking a few thousand meals from his friend Jose Enrique’s restaurant in Santurce, we began receiving calls for aid from all over the island.
We began to expand operations all across the island, mobilizing a network of emergency kitchens, food trucks, and partner organizations to make sure that communities in need received quality meals. The #ChefsForPuertoRico movement quickly grew to serve over 150,000 meals in a single day to communities all across the island, becoming the largest fresh meal operation following the hurricane.
#ChefsForPuertoRico continues to remain active by empowering our chef and food truck partners through rebuilding grants and investing in agriculture, fishing, and culinary training.
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