Chef José Andrés is feeding quarantined Grand Princess passengers
Passengers previously had to "fight" for "rotten food" on-board the ship
The passengers on-board the Grand Princess, who were quarantined due to the coronavirus outbreak, have no doubt been through an unimaginable ordeal.
Chef José Andrés has stepped in to make things a little easier by feeding the passengers and crew aboard the cruise ship, which is docking today in Oakland, California.
The chef’s nonprofit World Central Kitchen is preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner from a kitchen in San Francisco for the thousands of people on the ship.
In a statement, WCK explained: “With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, WCK is providing meals for those currently onboard and will be handing out to-go lunches to disembarking passengers over the next few days. The crew may stay on board and we will continue to support them as long as we are needed, depending on how the situation evolves in the coming days.”
The statement continued: “This is a unique emergency situation, and WCK has experience preparing large numbers of meals in emergencies. We are experts at rapidly setting up kitchens and establishing safe logistics processes to get food to where it needs to go — whether in the middle of a hurricane in The Bahamas, cholera outbreak in Mozambique, after an earthquake in Puerto Rico, or in this case, during a viral epidemic. WCK is working closely with Princess, the State of California, and federal agencies to make sure everyone remains safe.”
As of March 9, the BBC reports that 21 people on the Grand Princess have tested positive for Covid-19. The ship is carrying 3,500 people from 54 countries.
There will be a “two-three day process” to move passengers from the ship, according to California governor Gavin Newsom. Those in need of urgent medical attention will be taken to hospital first. Others will be moved to military bases in California, Texas and Georgia for a 14-day isolation period.
As for the food on board the ship, passenger Margaret Bartlett told the BBC: "The food is rotten and terrible and we have to fight for it. It is not good enough."
José Andrés and WCK are posting updates on Twitter.