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World Central Kitchen. To stand up wherever there is a struggle so that hungry people can eat

“This it seems is a war against humanity itself. And you can never win that war. Because humanity eventually will always prevail”.

Chef José Andrés

Chef José Andrés, originally from Spain where he was born and trained, made a significant impact after moving to the United States at the age of 21. Upon settling in Washington, DC, he began volunteering at DC Central Kitchen, an organization focused on fighting hunger and poverty through culinary training and job creation.

It was during his time at DC Central Kitchen that Chef José Andrés started to conceive larger philanthropic ideas. Witnessing firsthand the transformative power of food and the pivotal role that chefs can play in addressing social issues, he began to envision ways to leverage his skills and resources for humanitarian purposes.

Driven by his experiences and a deep-seated belief in the potential of food to effect positive change, Chef José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen (WCK) in 2010. The catalyst for its establishment was the devastating earthquake in Haiti, which highlighted the urgent need for immediate food assistance in disaster-stricken areas. Supported by his wife Patricia, as well as his business partner Rob Wilder and Rob’s wife Robin, Chef José Andrés embarked on a mission to address food insecurity and hunger on a global scale.

The guiding principle behind World Central Kitchen echoes the sentiments expressed by author John Steinbeck: to stand up wherever there is a struggle so that hungry people can eat. This ethos underscores WCK’s commitment to providing emergency food relief in the aftermath of disasters and crises around the world, as well as implementing sustainable solutions to food insecurity in vulnerable communities.

Chef José Andrés’s vision and leadership have propelled World Central Kitchen to the forefront of humanitarian efforts, earning widespread recognition for its innovative approach to addressing hunger and promoting food security. Through his culinary expertise and unwavering dedication to serving others, Chef José Andrés continues to inspire positive change and make a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals globally.

Lalzawmi “Zomi” Frankcom was a 43-year-old volunteer who had dedicated the last five years of her life to serving with the World Central Kitchen. This non-profit organization was known for providing meals to emergency and disaster relief efforts worldwide. Lalzawmi had worked with them in various parts of the world, including locations such as Bangkok and the United States.

Prior to committing to full-time volunteering, Lalzawmi had earned a degree in psychological sciences from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. Before joining the World Central Kitchen, she had spent over eight years working for the Commonwealth Bank.

Her background in psychology may have equipped her with valuable skills in dealing with people in emergency situations, helping her provide emotional and psychological support to beneficiaries of the World Central Kitchen’s services.

Her dedication to volunteering and assisting people in times of need demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and humanitarian aid.


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