Celebrity chef José Andrés, famous for providing free meals to disaster victims, serves food to a new population in need: American federal workers affected by the partial closure of the government.
From Wednesday, Andrés non-profit World Central Kitchen will have one kitchen- Founded near the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., providing free meals to "every federal family that needs food," the chef announced in a video posted on Twitter Monday.
"World Central Kitchen is always there to respond to a disaster, to ensure that Americans and people around the world can not eat without a plate," Andrés said. "Today we are faced with a different kind of emergency in the United States: more than 800,000 federal workers have no job."
"We believe that no person has to endure the pain if he does not know what to do with his children," he added.
Four weeks after the closure – the longest in the history of the US – President Donald Trump has shown no sign that he is looking for $ 5.7 billion to build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico , where democratic legislators have strongly opposed.
Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been granted leave or work without a salary since the end of December. Thousands of contract workers – including low wage employees such as caretakers or employees in the food supply – have also remained unemployed and have no hope of retroactive effect.
World Central Kitchen & # 39; s # ChefsForFeds initiative offers hot meals, sandwiches and salads, on-site and go, for federal employees with a valid ID, the group said in a release. Group spokespersons have not confirmed whether contract employees are eligible for meals.
From Wednesday the group kitchen- is open seven days a week from 11 am to 6 pm. local time.
In the past Andrés & # 39; non-profit organization served free meals to survivors of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017, migrants at the border between the United States and Mexico and victims of the Californian forest fires in 2018.