Our Long-Term Programs
World Central Kitchen uses the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies.
WCK’s long-term programs are designed to engender long-lasting changes and improvements in livelihoods. We focus on improving health, creating jobs through educational offerings, strengthening food economies, and promoting sustainable social enterprises by creating and implementing locally-led, smart solutions to hunger and poverty.
Our work began after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, with the belief that food can be an agent of change. We launched two social enterprises — a bakery and a restaurant — with Partners in Health, known locally as Zanmi Lasante.
From the very beginning — as our founder Chef José Andrés witnessed the terrible impact of polluting, open fires to prepare meals — clean cooking has been at the core of our work.
WCK has rehabilitated 150 school and other community kitchens in Haiti through our Food For Thought program. And we are expanding this work to Guatemala and beyond.
Started in Haiti, but now in four countries, WCK’s Sink to Stove program offers food safety and sanitation training by culinary professionals to school cooks in underserved communities. To date, WCK has trained more than 520 school cooks responsible for feeding more than 65,000 students.
In 2017, WCK inaugurated our own École des Chef culinary school in Port-au-Prince, led by one of the most respected chefs in Haiti, Mi-Sol Chevallier. Over 40 students graduate from the program each year, and then begin internships in professional kitchens.
After serving nearly 4 million meals in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, WCK conducted an agricultural assessment of Puerto Rico and determined that the best way to continue “feeding an island” was by supporting Puerto Rico’s smallholder farmers. Our Plow To Plate program aims to increase food security in Puerto Rico by providing funding, training, and networking opportunities to smallholder farmers and businesses that support local agriculture.
Plow to Plate grantee Grupo Vesan is the first indoor vertical farming enterprise in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.