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Inspiring stories of how talented chefs provide food for the hungry

chef Jose Andres


Spanish chef Jose Andres distributes food to people in need.

Cerith Gardiner - published on 10/15/21

Celebrate World Food Day with these uplifting stories.

Today is World Food Day, an occasion that invites us to focus on the important role food has in our society, and to see how we can help those who don’t have the luxury of sitting down to three meals a day.

Thankfully, there are men and women who have used their culinary skills to ensure that everyone — including those who are hungry — know what it’s like to enjoy a delicious (and nutritious) meal.

Here are just a few stories that highlight the importance of sustaining the body as well as the soul.

Taking a break from retirement

While Dino Impagliazzo only became a “chef” in his retirement, he has devoted his free time to galvanizing others to join him in feeding the homeless in Rome.

Meet Rome’s 90-year-old “chef of the poor”

Caring communities

In times of crisis we often see the best in others. Here’s a story of how “ordinary” people did their best to ensure neighbors didn’t go hungry.

Here’s how people in India are helping each other in the COVID-19 crisis

Solving world peace

These 20 chefs strongly believe that sharing a meal can bring about world peace. With their initiative, Chefs For Peace, these men of different faiths have been using their skills and their faith to share the importance of breaking bread together.

Is eating together the answer to world peace? These chefs think so

Turning up when needed

Popular chef Jose Andres has a habit of turning up and cooking up a storm — just when it’s needed most. It was only recently that he dropped everything to go help those coping with the havoc created by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.

Chef José Andrés in New Orleans to feed locals after Hurricane Ida strikes

… And these chefs have a little divine inspiration

When cooking up a tasty meal, perhaps the magic ingredient for these chefs is their faith!

6 Popular chefs inspired by their faith

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