What is World Central Kitchen, the NGO whose workers were killed in Gaza?

WCK has served tens of millions of meals in Ukraine since Russia's 2022 invasion

Published : 2 April 2024, 06:01 AM
Updated : 2 April 2024, 06:01 AM

At least five employees of NGO World Central Kitchen (WCK) were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza, the Hamas-run Gaza government media office said late on Monday.

Below are details on WCK:

  • US-based non-governmental organisation WCK was set up by Michelin-starred celebrity chef Jose Andres and his wife Patricia in 2010 following a major earthquake in Haiti, initially to provide emergency food aid to survivors.

  • WCK expanded from there to provide resilience training, meals and support to survivors of other natural disasters, as well as refugees and people affected by conflict.

  • WCK has served tens of millions of meals in Ukraine since Russia's 2022 invasion.

  • WCK was involved in the first shipment of aid to Gaza via a sea corridor from Cyprus in March. A second WCK maritime aid shipment carrying 332 tons of food was due to arrive in Gaza early this week.

  • Founder Andres is a Spanish-American chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. His avant-garde restaurant minibar by Jose Andres in Washington, DC, has two Michelin stars. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2015.