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World Central Kitchen, Inc.

Wherever there’s a fight so that hungry people may eat, we’ll be there.

aka WCK   |   Washington, DC   |  wck.org

Mission

Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is first to the frontlines providing fresh meals in response to crises. Applying our model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, WCK has served hundreds of millions nourishing meals around the world. When disaster strikes, WCK’s Relief Team mobilizes with the urgency of now to start cooking meals for people in need. WCK serves comforting meals to survivors of disasters quickly by partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of local restaurants, food trucks, or kitchens. To support regional economies, WCK prioritizes purchasing local ingredients to cook with or distribute. Food provides not only nourishment, but also comfort and hope, especially in times of crisis.

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Erin Gore

Main address

200 Massachusetts Ave NW 7th Floor

Washington, DC 20001 USA

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EIN

27-3521132

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Employment Training (J22)

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Our programs

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Disaster Relief

WCK’s innovative and rapid-focused relief model gets food directly to people affected by crises while boosting livelihoods, businesses, and economies. Since our founding, WCK has served more than 300 million meals in over 45 countries around the world following crises—our work is not restricted by geography. We do not have a singular playbook to our emergency responses; instead, we monitor and assess food needs on a case-by-case basis and adapt our support in real time based on community needs.

Population(s) Served
Victims of disaster
Victims of conflict and war
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Adults

WCK has witnessed the crisis of climate-triggered hunger around the world. Hurricanes are developing earlier in the year and occurring with increased intensity; devastating wildfires are becoming a year-round threat; and warmer temperatures are fueling added moisture in the air, unleashing record rains and flooding.

WCK’s Climate Disaster Fund is our decade-long commitment to support communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis, and raises flexible resources that allow us to mobilize with the “urgency of now” to climate disasters without having to wait for disaster-specific funding. Support of WCK’s climate-related relief work will allow us to deploy anywhere in the world when needed, and to do so with urgency. So far in 2023, WCK has responded to around a dozen climate crisis-fueled extreme weather events and served hundreds of thousands of fresh meals to support affected communities.

Population(s) Served
Victims of disaster
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Adults
Emergency responders

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of emergency meals provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our founding in 2010, WCK has served more than 50 million meals worldwide, including Australia, The Bahamas, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organization aims to use food as an agent of change in communities across the world. So often, the importance of food is overlooked. But in our work, we have seen the power a chef has in bringing a community together around a table. Whether it is providing emergency relief services or training the next generation of chefs, our programs

Each of World Central Kitchen's programs are designed and reviewed by chefs. This brings a level of expertise and distinction to our programs–for example, our culinary school in Haiti has a 70% hire rate because of the skill level of our graduates.

Another important strategy is finding local partners for our projects. In addition to in-country staff, our program partners help to bring accountability to our projects. This combined with regular visits from our staff helps WCK to adjust its programs and approach as needed.

World Central Kitchen has over 100 members in its Chef Network, who help to provide their time and expertise to our programs. Our chefs have traveled across the world teaching culinary skills in addition to food safety and sanitation training.

World Central Kitchen also has a wonderful base of support that are engaged with our programs and activities through emails, our website, and social media.

With volunteer chefs and knowledgeable boots-on-the-ground, WCK is able to act fast and effectively with the trust of our supporters providing a pathway to programmatic growth. Through our clean cookstoves and food safety initiatives, we have improved the health of over 78,000 students across the world. By building school kitchens, 5,000 students now have access to a healthy daily meal. We built and manage the leading culinary school in Haiti and are producing the countries next generation of cooks. We have trained communities, schools, and hospitality professionals in food safety and sanitation training in seven countries. Finally, our social enterprises have enabled us to support growing businesses, leading to community jobs and educational support in the agricultural, fishing, and hospitality industries

Financials

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World Central Kitchen, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2023
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Board chair

Rob Wilder

José Andrés Group

José Andrés

Javier Garcia

Lizette Corro

Christopher Cowan

Jean Marc DeMatteis

Ray Mabus

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No