After the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last September, renowned chef José Andrés set out to help the victims with what he knows best: food. At the end of October, just one month after the natural disaster struck, the Spanish chef announced that he had served 2 million meals on the ravaged US territory.
Now, Andrés is at it again, using his talents and platform to help the victims of the Volcán de Fuego eruption in Guatemala. The natural disaster took the lives of over 90 people and displaced thousands in the Central American country.
Four days after the eruption, the chef arrived with a team of 12 volunteers and in his story time there, has already provided more than 6,000 meals a day to the Guatemalans with three kitchens and six food trucks.
Andrés and the volunteers aim to be in Guatemala for about a month, even amid the dangerous work conditions. “The volcano still has potential to be very damaging without us knowing,” Andrés told CNN. “We were in Ceilán the other day, and lava began coming down, but we were not aware of it because the thunderstorms [got mixed up] with volcano noise.”
In 2012, the renowned chef founded World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty using the power of food to empower communities and strengthens economies. The organization recently helped California wildfire victims and those affected by the volcano eruption in Hawaii.