Jos- Andr-s is at it again! He's feeding thousands in Guatemala after the volcano eruption

Armed with tamales and a whole team of volunteers, renowned chef Jos- Andr-s traveled to Guatemala four days after th...

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 12:47 AM

Armed with tamales and a whole team of volunteers, renowned chef Jos- Andr-s traveled to Guatemala four days after the eruption of Fuego volcano, to feed the masses.

Andr-s is most popular for his small delicate tapas, but throughout the years, these small plates have turned into big missions.

In Guatemala, Andr-s and his team of 12 volunteers, have been preparing a total of 6,000 meals a day to feed those who have been affected by the volcano eruption.

The eruption claimed more than 90 lives, thousands were displaced, and even though there are shelters, many are run by volunteers and don't have a feeding operation.

With the help of local government, private sectors, and other non- governmental organizations, Andr-s along with his nonprofit, planned an effective feeding plan to deliver meals to 18 distribution points.

Andr-s founded the nonprofit World Central Kitchen after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. The mission was simple, to make food an agent of change.

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Andr-s and his team served over 3.4 million meals since they arrived in September. They continue to help the island.

The team also sent out volunteers during the California wildfires and to Hawaii after the Kilauea volcano eruption.

Earlier this year he partnered up with various DC restaurants to put together Food For Our Lives, a collaboration that offered free and discounted food to students who marched in DC on March 24.

In Guatemala, the team is running three kitchens and six food trucks.

The logistics of working in another country is challenging, said Nate Mook, a spokesman for World Central Kitchen.

"Although Puerto Rico was hit hard, it was ultimately still in the United States and had support from the US military and other organizations," he said. "The shelters here are far more informal, and evacuees are quite vulnerable here."

Due to some of the road conditions and ongoing effects of the eruption, delivering the food has been quite dangerous.

"The volcano still has potential to be very damaging without us knowing. We were in Ceil-n the other day and lava began coming down but we were not aware of it because the thunderstorms [got mixed up] with volcano noise," Andr-s told CNN.

Andr-s and his team plan to stay in the country for about a month.

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