World Central Kitchen was founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. World Central Kitchen is a non-profit of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty in the areas of health, education, jobs, and disaster relief, serving over 3 million meals this past year to victims of natural disasters around the globe and being named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies in Food.
In addition to natural disaster response, World Central Kitchen operates several long-term programs to help communities rebuild after a disaster. Some of these programs include a culinary school, bakery, and restaurant in Haiti, and a grant program in Puerto Rico to help smallholder farms and food businesses rebuild and flourish. This year the Chef Relief Team has responded to disasters in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guatemala, the Carolinas, Florida, Indonesia, California, Mexico, and Washington, DC.