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José Andrés Heads to Poland to Help Struggling Ukrainians

World Central Kitchen will feed people affected by the conflict.

José Andrés. Photograph by Evy Mages

José Andrés, the DC chef and global humanitarian, is heading to Poland to help feed Ukrainians, he tweeted last night. It shouldn’t come as a surprise—Andrés and has been running toward disaster after disaster since an earthquake hit Haiti in 2010.

Andrés said it’s not clear yet what the team can do for Ukraine, but whatever it is, they’ll do it. “With boots on the ground we will learn more about what and how we will help! But if we are needed we will be there!” he wrote in a second tweet.

That flexibility and on-the-ground problem solving has become World Central Kitchen‘s trademark, enabling the organization to become a leader in disaster relief and serve more than 60 million meals to those in need due to hurricanes, wildfires, tornados, and other disasters. Throughout the pandemic, the organization has rushed to feed those trapped on cruise ships, cooked millions of meals for locked-down American cities, and supported the hard-hit food industry by paying thousands of US restaurants to serve their own relief plates.

The story has been edited since its original posting.

Kayla Benjamin
Assistant Editor