ABACO, Bahamas — Celebrity chef José Andrés — who is famous for his humanitarian feeding efforts in disaster areas — made his first trip to the Abaco Islands Tuesday, Sept. 3 with food for those devastated by Dorian.
Andrés told CNN he was able to fly 2,000 sandwiches and more than 1,000 oranges by helicopter to Abaco on Tuesday.
Andrés said he was planning to transport between 5,000 and 7,000 more sandwiches to the island Wednesday.
Andrés tweeted that his organization, World Central Kitchen, was setting up a kitchen on Abaco — “where there is a lot of hungry people” — while his team continued to transfer food from Nassau.
The chef estimated he would be serving 10,000 meals to the people of Abaco. He added that if they “have to go higher” in terms of meals produced “we will.”
A history of feeding people in need
He even set up shop in Washington, DC, feeding federal government workers who were furloughed or working without pay during the 35-day partial shutdown in January.
Andrés grew up in Spain and found fame as a chef in Washington, where his tapas restaurant, Jaleo, opened in the early 1990s and spawned a mini-empire of eateries across the city and the country.