‘Americans Helping Americans’: National Guard Members Protecting Capitol Fed Thousands of Meals by Celebrity Chef José Andrés

This article written by Chris Bumbaco and Grace Hauck with USA Today.

Between armored vehicles and scores of law enforcement officers in downtown Washington on Inauguration Day, José Andrés was working.

After all, this was an emergency.

“Well I mean, World Central Kitchen, we are an emergency organization,” said the famous chef and restauranteur, whose organization provides free meals during times of crises. “I don’t think anybody would disagree that this is a bit of an emergency.”

After pro-Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the district and surrounding areas instituted a 6 p.m. curfew, and the city effectively shut down.

“A simple, traditional thing like feeding people disappeared,” Andrés said. “On a very difficult day, they weren’t going to receive anything. So we activated World Central Kitchen that day to precisely cover those needs and since then we’ve done thousands of meals every day, as you see.”

The organization began distributing meals to National Guard members, Capitol Hill police officers and others on Jan. 15. The organization said it has prepared and served 15,000 hot meals since then.

Andrés said his staff has worked as late as 3 a.m. to deliver hot soups. He said certain patrols or units had hardly any access to food for 12 hours.

“It’s the least we can do,” he said. “It’s a nice gesture for our law enforcement officers, especially the National Guard.”…

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