Of course José Andrés and his team have a Thanksgiving plan.
World Central Kitchen, the nonprofit led by the chef, arrived in Puerto Rico in September to feed people in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The organization mobilized food trucks, organized hundreds of sandwich-making volunteers, and activated its network of chefs to set up kitchens across the island, including hard-hit and hard-to-to reach areas. Months later, World Central Kitchen has served more than 2 million meals, more than any other organization, and now, Andrés and team are preparing to serve what may be the island’s biggest-ever Thanksgiving dinner.
World Central Kitchen, Andrés, and their coterie of chefs and volunteers plan to serve an estimated 40,000 Thanksgiving meals this week. They plan to serve “families throughout the island including San Juan, Vieques, Naguabo, Adjuntas, Ponce, Dorado, Utuado, Aguadilla and Manatí” as well as volunteers.
Roasted turkey, rich gravy, mashed root veggies, creamy sweet corn and more… thousands of hot Thanksgiving meals are packed up and out the door for the families who need it most. #ChefsForPuertoRico have been in the kitchen w @MarriottIntl for days to make this happen! #PRStrong pic.twitter.com/O2NSvpL3Ey— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 21, 2017
“This is our opportunity to give thanks to the community and the people who have been alongside our team, and helped us to serve over 2.9 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico,” Andrés says in a press release.
The chef also urged everyone to put another seat at the table as a reminder of those less fortunate this Thanksgiving. In another recent update, Andrés pledged his nonprofit’s services through Christmas.
Remember to save a seat at your table this Thanksgiving to give thanks to those who are not as fortunate... pic.twitter.com/DmqseApxwS— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 22, 2017