Chefs prepared to make up to 10,000 meals per day
NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Behind celebrity chef at Atlantis José Andrés and World Central Kitchen (WCK), a team of chefs are prepared to offer 10,000 meals daily to residents affected by Hurricane Dorian.
The World Central Kitchen is gearing up to transport food to both islands for as long as it takes the people to recover, according to WCK Relief Operations Manager Josh Phelps, who said it’s just the beginning of what they hope to do for the country following the catastrophic storm, which has decimated portions of Abaco and Grand Bahama.
“We want to respond to any type of disaster like this where people are in need,” Phelps said. “We have been tracking Dorian since it was set to hit Puerto Rico. Currently, we are sending sandwiches out on helicopters to Abaco and working to send more. We’ve done this before. Even though every experience is different, we use them to learn from. You can’t let the obstacles get in your way. We have food coming in on boats and we are looking to set up some kitchens to help people out with food.
“There was a time in Puerto Rico when we were feeding up to 150,000 people daily. So, we know that it is doable. We just have to get on the ground to assess some of the damage, but we are looking forward to assisting.”
World Central Kitchen is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Founded in 2010 by celebrity chef José Andrés, the organization prepared food in Haiti following its devastating earthquake IN 2010. Its method of operations is to be a first responder and then to collaborate and galvanize solutions with local chefs to solve the problem of hunger, immediately following a disaster.
Since its founding, the NGO has organized meals in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, Cuba, Uganda, and in Cambodia.