3 Million Meals and Empowerment Projects for Puerto Rico
World Central Kitchen is proud to have reached the milestone of 3 million meals served in Puerto Rico, made possible by the #ChefsForPuertoRico network of chefs and volunteers that have served communities in need across all 78 municipalities through 20 kitchens, including ongoing operations in Ponce, Vieques, Adjuntas, and Naguabo. After this concentrated period of day-to-day emergency relief and recovery, WCK will begin the next phase of #ChefsForPuertoRico by creating long-term empowerment projects to provide lasting support to the communities we have served.
World Central Kitchen will fund restoration of prep kitchens for our core food truck team, enabling these small businesses to relaunch with full or enhanced capabilities and equipment for maximum productivity, including generators and diesel costs, for those that still lack power.
Grants will refurbish the food trucks, which have taken a beating after months traversing the island’s roads to bring food to the hardest hit areas. These food trucks will also prepare extra food to deliver to people in need, identified by World Central Kitchen’s data and intelligence-based model.
Three satellite kitchens will remain operational to meet critical local feeding needs in Vieques, Adjuntas and Ponce, under the direction of local chefs to produce thousands meals each through the end of 2017 – to continue to serve specific communities with localized production and distribution. World Central Kitchen will invest in restoring these kitchens as well, such that restaurants can reopen in a timely manner, fueling private sector reemergence and growth.
World Central Kitchen has demonstrated its in-depth commitment to Puerto Rico, its people, economy, health and future. Ongoing programs and long-term projects – including a focus on fishermen in Vieques and Humacao and sustainable agriculture in the center of the island – will be announced in early 2018.