José Andrés, World Central Kitchen set up in Kentucky after tornadoes

Celebrity chef José Andrés jetted from Washington, D.C., to Kentucky on Saturday night to provide food for those devastated by the tornadoes that hit the region.

His efforts are part of his work with World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization he founded in 2010 devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

The storms swept through Kentucky, Illinois and Arkansas late Friday night, with more than 30 tornadoes reported, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Kentucky was hardest hit, with 50 confirmed fatalities early Sunday. Scores more people were missing and feared dead after a tornado destroyed a candle factory with more than 100 people inside. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he expects the death toll to rise to over 100.

On Sunday, World Central Kitchen worked with local partners such as LEE Initiative, Ramiro’s, Biscuit Love and Big Al’s Deli to provide lunch in tornado-stricken areas. 

World Central Kitchen has served more than 60 million meals around the world to survivors in the aftermath of natural disasters by partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of food trucks and emergency kitchens.

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Recently, World Central Kitchen served 45,000 meals in Spain following the volcanic eruption in La Palma; 685,000 meals in Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and 460,000 meals following Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.

Andrés said Saturday night in a video on Twitter that they served around 400 to 500 meals so far and that he plans to show “solidarity” with the many people suffering over the holiday season. 

“There’s not much to say in those moments because you feel so powerless,” Andrés said in the video. “We all need to be kinder to each other. We all need to respect each other because it’s already a very difficult world sometimes.”

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