Volunteers from chef Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen (WCK) spent the weekend carefully preparing beef and roasted potatoes, enough to feed 20,000 people. Then came prep for 15,000 sandwiches.
The renowned chef, founder of WCK, has been in the Bahamas helping feed those affected by the deadly Hurricane Dorian.
For a decade, the non-governmental organization has aimed to create solutions to poverty and world hunger through food. WCK was also on the ground after recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Haiti. Last year alone, the non-profit responded to 13 disasters around the world.
"The demand is high. Our challenge always after disasters and hurricanes is distribution, getting the food to the people, usually roads are shut down, airports, so we are using helicopters, boats. Any means that we have access to," Javier Garcia, secretary of the WCK’s Board of Directors, told Reuters.
After Hurricane Dorian ravaged parts of Marsh Harbour, Abaco and the Grand Bahamas, officials say at least 43 people have been found dead. They say they still don’t know exactly how many have died in its path.
The United Nations World Food Program says there are thousands in the Bahamas living in what they call "rapidly deteriorating conditions.” CNN estimates that about 70,000 people have been left homeless. Nearly 380,000 homes still don’t have power, nearly a week after the storm hit.
WCK crews have been using helicopters and boats to get the food to the hardest hit areas. They deliver 10,000 meals a day, with goals of reaching 30,000 per day.
Donations can be made to WCK’s relief efforts here.