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Chef and World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés hands out meals at the Poland-Ukraine border crossing in Medyka on the evening of Feb. 27.

Chef and World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés hands out meals at the Poland-Ukraine border crossing in Medyka on the evening of Feb. 27.

Source: World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen Cooks Up Compassion in War-Torn Ukraine

“There are many ways to fight. Some people fight making sure people are fed,” says founder José Andrés.

As the war in Ukraine intensifies, World Central Kitchen is expanding its efforts to feed thousands of fleeing refugees.

Within hours of Russia’s invasion on Feb. 25, the nonprofit disaster-relief organization co-founded by chef José Andrés started dishing out food. World Central Kitchen has now established kitchens at eight of Ukraine’s border crossings with Poland, and has created meal distribution centers in six countries including Romania and Hungary. In Poland alone, says Director of Communications Strategy Lisa Abrego, WCK has served more than 37,000 hot meals including chicken and rice and pasta; the total was nearing 45,000 late on Tuesday. Everyone from fire fighters to nuns has pitched in to help cook and serve food.