Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose José Andrés and World Central Kitchen as a partner for their first publicly announced philanthropic project. They announced the same on December 20.
Four centres to be set
Archewell Foundation, the eight-month-old foundation of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry started working with José Andrés and World Central Kitchen. The non-profit is famous for feeding people in disaster-stricken areas around the world. The couple is backing a series of community centres for the kitchen.
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The structures will be permanent and the aim will be to serve the needy during emergencies like natural disasters. The first of the four centres is being built on the Caribbean island of Domenica, which was hard hit by Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017. It’s slated to open in early 2021. Next will be in Puerto Rico followed by two more locations.
An official statement by the Duke and Duchess of Susses read, “The health of our communities depends on our ability to connect to our shared humanity.” They added, “When we think about Chef Andrés and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we’re reminded that even during a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing — and working tirelessly — to support each other. World Central Kitchen inspires us through compassion in action.”
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However, the amount of contribution will not be disclosed. The cost of each centre will vary depending on the location. Andrés was nominated for the 2019 Noble Peace Prize. “We are more energized than ever to continue this vital work,” said Andrés in an email, “and we’re proud that it will be hand in hand with Archewell Foundation and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I have come to know both of them well, and believe that their values are directly aligned with what we stand for at World Central Kitchen.”
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