One month after a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, World Central Kitchen’s Chef Relief Team has served over 237,128 meals to victims of the disaster and emergency responders in 44+ locations.

Emergency Impact Assessment


On September 28th, 2018, a 7.5 earthquake struck Sulawesi, followed by a tsunami that struck Palu (the provincial capital of Sulawesi) shortly after. The combined impact of the earthquake and tsunami has claimed the lives of over 2,100 people, making it the deadliest earthquake in 2018.

  • 70,000 homes damaged
  • 10,000 + injuries
  • 191,000 people severely impacted

World Central Kitchen Response


WCK’s Chef Relief Team was already in Indonesia continuing to support communities in Lombok impacted by the earthquake that occurred just a few weeks earlier. Although traveling to Sulawesi was incredibly difficult because of damaged airports and roadways, our team arrived shortly after and began cooking at the Mary Glow Wedding Hall in Palu. WCK was the first international NGO on the ground following the disaster, preparing thousands of meals for victims and first responders.

Our team worked daily to provide thousands of meals to over 44 different locations, and have partnered with other response organizations like the U.S. Air Force, Indonesian Army, DHL International, MAF, the International Red Cross, US-AID, and the ACL.

As always, our Chef Relief Team focused on preparing high-quality meals and supporting the local economy by buying local ingredients and employing local staff whenever possible. Colorful buckets filled with hot rice, proteins, and vegetables have made their way to communities all across Sulawesi.

As we wind down our operations, we will continue to support local communities with food and supplies as they begin to rebuild. Thank you for helping WCK’s Chef Relief Team support Sulawesi during this critical time.