Field Dispatch: José and the #ChefsForMozambique team serve 250,000 meals

Last month, the WCK Chef Relief Team landed in Beira, Mozambique just days after Cyclone Idai slammed into southern Africa. What we found when we arrived was devastating. Nearly 2 million people were in need. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced. More than 1 million acres of crops were destroyed. Communities were completely cut off due to flooding.

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WCK activates #ChefsForMozambique after Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai is being called one of the worst weather-related disasters to ever hit southern Africa. 1.85 million people are in need. Right now, more than 400,000 people in Mozambique are displaced, and many of them have lost everything. There are 1 million people without electricity and 1.2 million acres of crops flooded. There is such a great need for support, which is why WCK has activated #ChefsForMozambique.

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Culinary students serve 13,285 meals through #ChefsForHaiti

WCK maintains a strong, ongoing presence in Haiti through Ecole des Chefs (EDC), our Culinary School in Port-au-Prince. Every six months, EDC takes in a new cohort of students for the technique-based curriculum that is focused on food safety, sanitation, knife skills, advanced culinary arts, life skills, and professionalism in the workplace. So, in the wake of the civil unrest and protests the past few weeks in Haiti, our Chef Relief Team activated the current class of culinary students to help provide meals to people in need.

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#ChefsForVenezuela Maps Its Route: 30,000 Meals Served So Far

World Central Kitchen’s Chef Relief Team has been in Cúcuta, on the border of Venezuela and Colombia, since the last week of February. When we first arrived, 40,000 Venezuelans were crossing the border legally for food and supplies on a daily basis. Since then, however, entry to these legal routes was abruptly shut down, cutting off access to affordable food and leaving many stuck in Colombia. Nevertheless, thousands of Venezuelans continue to cross at dangerous, unofficial crossings every day. In response, our WCK team quickly started distributing nutritious bagged lunches to shelters throughout the city.

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