Michelin starred chef converts restaurants into soup kitchens
With many struggling due to COVID-19, Jose Andres makes radical changes to help
Coronavirus has been a nightmare so far. There is absolutely no underestimating it, it has impacted everyone to a greater or lesser extent, and will continue to do so for a while yet.
That said, there have been tales of untold kindness that cannot fail to restore your faith in humanity. And this is up there with the best of them.
Michelin starred chef, Jose Andres owns over 30 restaurants in the United States. He is a world class chef but also well-known philanthropist and educator, taking his skill into underprivileged communities to teach them to cook and how best to utilise their skills to get ahead in life. He has been named in the top 100 most influential people in the world twice.
Along with his team, he was also on hand to deliver over 3.6 million meals to those in Puerto Rico who suffered devastating losses following hurricane Maria. And now he has extended his kindness to the people of America as they struggle to cope with a global pandemic.
People have lost work and are at home trying to care for children who are no longer attending school so have no meals provided for them. To help, Chef Andres has converted his restaurants into soup kitchens to allow those in need to feed themselves and their families.
There are free meals available to those who need it and also meals available for a small charge that goes to upkeep of the restaurants. There is also the option to buy meals for those unable to provide for themselves.
To ensure people stay sensible, he is enforcing strict social distancing rules, with lines marked on the floor at 2m intervals so that people stay as safe as possible as they queue for food.
With this, he has also made a plea to the United States government to, at least, match the $54 billion request that has been made to help support the airlines at this time. This money could support farm workers and food suppliers to ensure that there is enough food to go round.
It could fund a delivery service to get the food to the most vulnerable in the community who cannot venture out to get supplies, and it would mean keeping those providing the service in a job at a time where so many have lost theirs.