Chef José Andrés and his team have served more than 1 million meals to Ukrainians fleeing the war, meeting refugees at every border crossing in Poland
Since Russia’s attack on Ukraine began on February 24, a US-based nonprofit founded by a celebrity chef has already served more than one million meals to people who have fled the war.
In just three weeks, World Central Kitchen has set up shop in five countries, partnered with dozens of local chefs and restaurants in Ukraine, and opened a massive kitchen in Przemyśl, Poland, that can cook 100,000 meals per day.
“When we saw this happening on the news, there was no question. We all hopped on a plane immediately and came here to do what we do best,” Fiona Donovan, the organization’s relief operations manager, told Insider from Poland.
More than 3 million Ukrainians have fled their country since the war began, according to the United Nations, with many entering neighboring countries like Romania, Moldova, and Hungary, all of which WCK is now working in, in addition to Ukraine. But nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian refugees have entered Poland, where WCK has set up a huge portion of its operations.
The group has teams stationed at all eight Ukraine-Poland border crossings and is serving up hot meals to refugees 24 hours a day. Such a large undertaking required coordinating with local chefs and restaurants who were able to very quickly jump into action and start feeding people with the help of WCK, according to Donovan.
From the first days of the war, when we went to the border to distribute food to Ukrainian refugees, we met and began to cooperate with the well-known world organization World Central Kitchen. You can read the whole article by clicking here.