Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Thursday 23 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Pio of Pietrelcina
home iconInspiring Stories
line break icon

Chef José Andrés is now serving over 100,000 meals a day in Puerto Rico

Jose Andres


Zelda Caldwell - published on 10/24/17

Doing what he does best for those who need it most

Last month we reported here that celebrity chef and restaurant owner José Andrés was on the ground in Puerto Rico, helping serve what seemed to be an astounding 10,000 meals a day to those afflicted by Hurricane Maria.

Incredibly, less than a month later, he and his fellow volunteer chefs, working with the non-profit World Central Kitchen, have gone above and beyond their original goal: they are now serving over 100,000 meals a day in the parts of the island hardest hit by the disaster.

Since he arrived in Puerto Rico, days after the hurricane struck, Andrés has used the hashtag #ChefsForPuertoRico on Twitter to help mobilize volunteers and set up food trucks and kitchens where there is the most need for them. The website Eater reports that Andrés has set up kitchens in the towns of Aguadilla, Ponce, Farjado and San Juan, has delivered food door-to-door, sent out food trucks, and established paella pop-ups.

The Washington, D.C.-based chef has helped organize a volunteer-staffed organization that brought sandwiches, paella, spit-roasted chicken, and Puerto Rican beef stew to hundreds of thousands who are still without electricity and basic essentials. Throughout the relief effort, he has used Twitter as a tool to recruit volunteers, assemble materials, and let hungry Puerto Ricans know where to go for a meal.

As more and more are served and the situation improves, Andrés has shifted his resources to those areas still in need.

Here he gives a shout out to the National Guard and Homeland Security, who have assisted in the delivery of relief in the hardest to reach hurricane-ravaged areas.

To lend a hand, visit World Central Kitchen’s website.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
Philip Kosloski
An alternative Hail Mary to Our Lady of Sorrows
Philip Kosloski
Pray this Psalm when you successfully recover from an illness
Cecilia Pigg
7 Ways the saints can help you sleep better at night
Philip Kosloski
Your body is not a “shell” for your spirit
Philip Kosloski
Why do some Eastern Catholics use spoons for Holy Communion?
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.