In the weeks since Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, destroying communities and displacing thousands of residents, the DRI Foundation provided a donation to the World Central Kitchen (WCK), which has served more than 250,000 meals to storm survivors.
WCK was founded 10 years ago by Josè and Patricia Andrès with the goal of creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty, through its clean cookstoves initiative, culinary training programs, and social enterprise ventures that empower communities and strengthen economies. In recent years, their mission has expanded to helping develop food resiliency and emergency meals in areas affected by disasters, including Puerto Rico, Mexico, Indonesia, and now the Bahamas.
“The situation in the Bahamas remains extremely challenging,” said Andrès. “Communities are still without communications, water, or power. While many residents have left Abaco and Grand Bahama, many others still remain. From our #ChefsForBahamas kitchen in Nassau, WCK continues to deliver meals to the Abaco islands via helicopter. From there, we then distribute them further with the help of local team members. Meals are being delivered to community centers, clinics, churches, and into local neighborhoods that have been isolated by the storm.”
WCK’s Relief Team has also set up a kitchen in Freeport where to prepare a paella lunch and dinner each day that is delivered to various locations around Grand Bahama with the help of local volunteers. Additionally, WCK is serving meals to those who have evacuated and are living in shelters in Nassau, and are prepared to scale up the amount of meals served at these shelters if the need continues to rise.
The DRI Foundation is proud to support such non-profit organizations in communities impacted by disasters to provide crucial assistance.