World Central Kitchen (WCK) was founded by Chef José Andrés following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. He envisioned an organization that could use the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies in times of need and beyond. Since its founding, WCK has grown to both provide immediate food relief after a disaster while also strengthening local food systems throughout the Carribean and Latin America.
Since its founding, the World Central Kitchen team has responded to disasters all over the world, serving more than 50 million meals to communities after both natural and man-made disasters. These disasters include hurricanes in Central America and the Carribean, wildfires in California, and earthquakes in Indonesia. While every emergency response is different, WCK has created an impactful playbook that enables them to act quickly to provide meals to people in need.