World Central Kitchen, Inc.

World Central Kitchen is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. They use the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies through times of crisis and beyond.

World Central Kitchen has received two grants from the Bain Capital Relief Fund. The first in February 2018 to in response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the second in September 2019 after Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc in the Bahamas.

Hurricane Maria Response

Chef José Andrés of World Central Kitchen arrived in Puerto Rico four days after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island. The economy was destroyed and for most people there was no clean water, no food, no power, no gas, and no way to communicate with the outside world. From September 2017 to June 2018, WCK served over 3.7 million meals from 25 kitchens, with the help of over 20,000 volunteers.

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Hurricane Dorian Response

Before Hurricane Dorian even landed in the Bahamas, World Central Kitchen was positioned in Nassau, mapping out operations and preparing to activate kitchens. In the days that followed, WCK prepared fresh meals from the kitchen in Nassau and brought them by helicopter to the Abacos. From there, they delivered throughout the islands using boats, seaplanes, and whatever means necessary to reach the islands and cays that were cut off from support. On Grand Bahama, they brought in a 220-foot supply ship to begin cooking hot meals onsite for families who had lost everything. The team ended up cooking in The Bahamas for months, serving more than 3 million meals across 250 distribution sites to communities on the Abacos and Grand Bahama as well as to evacuees staying in Nassau.

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