Often times when tragedy strikes around the country we see celebrities coming out of the woodwork to raise awareness for those who have no way to truly convey their needs. Chef José Andrés is leading the charge with relief efforts in Puerto Rico this week, where he's attempting to feed upwards to 40,000 people a day in need. Warning: You might need a tissue for this one.
Chefs and celebrities (such as Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin) have flown in to lend a hand. The effort that is being spearheaded and coordinated by Chef Andrés is something that will make even the hardest of hearts swell with team spirit and joy. It's amazing what he's been able to do thus far by using outdoor kitchens and school kitchens.
He's coordinating with relief efforts on the ground such as the Red Cross and setting up large food stations set to feed 10,000 to 20,000 and more meals daily around the island. He's busting out paella, kicking butt and taking names, and expanding his efforts daily to feed more. He's making deliveries to nursing homes and others who can't make the trek to the tents to be fed. I only hope that someone in disaster relief efforts is paying attention to learn a thing or two.
While it might take a village to feed this many people, it only takes one to stand up and say this is what we are going to do.
Want to watch the video he's made sharing his relief efforts? It's amazing and you can check it out above. I'm serious about those tissues, though. Don't worry — you can blame it on seasonal allergies so no one at work notices.