World Central Kitchen, Inc.

aka WCK   |   Washington, DC   |  wck.org

Mission

Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies through times of crisis and beyond. WCK has created a new model for disaster response through its work helping devastated communities recover and establish resilient food systems.

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Mr. Nate Mook

Main address

655 New York Ave NW 6th 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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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

WCK Culinary School

Our culinary school provides chef-designed culinary training to 40 students in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti each year. 100% of our graduates are placed into internships following the completion of the program and 70% are offered jobs following the completion of their internship.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Young adults

More than 4 million people die from health issues caused by unclean cookstoves each year. Our Clean Cooking programs seek to demonstrate long-term positive impacts on the health and livelihoods of impoverished communities in the Caribbean and Central America who still cook primarily with wood or charcoal.

WCK builds and renovates school and community kitchens and converts them from cooking with wood or charcoal to clean burning liquid propane gas (LPG). We also install water lines and sinks so cooks can wash and clean more easily. We have transformed more than 140 kitchens in Haiti, making schools a cleaner and safer place to work and lear.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Many school cooks around the world have never had reliable access to water for cleaning and are not familiar with basic kitchen safety and food handling practices. Sink to Stove’s professional chef trainers work with school and community cooks to train them in basic sanitary kitchen and food handling practices so as to help reduce the incidence of food borne illnesses.

We conduct Sink to Stove trainings in all school kitchens that we build or update as part of our Clean Cooking program. We also partner with other organizations that oversee feeding programs in other schools to train their cooks in these important concepts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

World Central Kitchen provides quality, chef-prepared meals to those in need. To date, we have served over 30 million meals to victims of natural disasters around the world.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

The program partners with and supports smallholder farmers, fishers, and small food-related businesses that produce or distribute food at a local level by providing funding, training, and networking opportunities. We also connect our grantees with volunteers who form part of a growing agritourism movement that brings much needed economic development to rural communities.

In post-disaster communities, our immediate goal is to help our partners revitalize their operations and begin to regrow their long-term capacity for food production, distribution, and sales. In the long term, we aim to contribute to system-wide improvements in food security and sustainability by building up the day to day capacity of local communities to produce their own food. In doing so, we will also increase their resilience against future disasters.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

Where we work

Our results

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Number of emergency meals provided

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have served over 4.8 million meals to date from our relief efforts beginning in 2017.

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 2/25/2021
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Board chair

José Andrés

Think Food Group

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

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