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José Andrés Calls For More Volunteers to Help California Wildfire Evacuees

He invited fellow chef Hugh Acheson to join the effort

Monica Burton is the deputy editor of

As the Southern California wildfires burn for the fifth day today, chef José Andrés continues to set the standard for disaster response. His nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, partnered with fellow food-empowerment nonprofit the L.A. Kitchen to feed firefighters and fire evacuees. Yesterday, Andrés announced that they planned to distribute 2,000 meals. Throughout the day, he provided updates on those efforts.

Students at the L.A. Kitchen, which provides culinary training for parolees and at-risk youth, delivered 600 meals and 50 servings of organic baby food to a Red Cross family shelter at Oxnard College in Ventura County. According to the L.A. Kitchen founder Robert Egger, they made hundreds of sandwiches to distribute to first responders and displaced families.

Andrés also invited chef Hugh Acheson to help out. The Georgia chef and Top Chef star asked on Twitter how he could legally serve hundreds of tacos to fire evacuees and first responders in the Ventura area. Andrés — who likely has more experience in this area than any other chef — told him to join World Central Kitchen and the L.A. Kitchen. No word yet on whether Acheson took him up on the offer.

Yesterday morning, Andrés called for more volunteers, and later the in the day, he reiterated the need for people — chefs or not — to help the thousands displaced by the wildfires.

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