The Spanish chef José Andrés stressed on Friday at the headquarters of the World Bank (WB) the importance for him to serve the most vulnerable in emergency situations, and the multilateral agency thanked him for his help.
"Our mission is clear: we cook and feed the most needy," said Andrés, presenting his World Central Kitchen (WCK) solidarity initiative to hundreds of WB workers in Washington.
The non-profit organization WCK, founded in 2010 by the Spanish cook, is an organization dedicated to combating hunger and global poverty that focuses its efforts on emergency situations after natural disasters.
For Andrés, in these critical situations "adaptation is more important than planning" because the conditions with which their teams find themselves to help are not always those expected in advance.
"We have to be ready, be flexible, because the world is going to need more of us," he added.
The chef, whose popularity has increased notably in the US In recent years after WCK attended Puerto Rico, Hawaii and federal workers who were left without pay during the administrative closure of the Government, he assured that his group "is usually the first" to appear in these situations.
"Sometimes there are people who are not happy that we introduce ourselves, but hungry people are happy to see us arrive," said Andres, who took a long applause from the audience.
"We are a relatively young organization and we can still grow a lot, but we present ourselves where we believe we can be agents of change," he argued.
The chef's charity project, which began after the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, has offered assistance after natural disasters in Guatemala, Nicaragua, the US, Brazil, Cambodia and Mozambique, among other places.
Precisely, Andrés returned Thursday from Mozambique after spending a week "cooking and feeding" thousands of people who have run out of resources and food after the passage of cyclone Idai, which swept part of South East Africa on March 14 and 15.
The chef explained that his solidary kitchen has served more than 120,000 meals to those affected since then in 15 different locations, including camps, shelters, schools and hospitals.
The National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) in Mozambique maintains 602 the total number of fatalities from the cyclone in the provinces of Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambézia, where heavy rains flooded an area of hundreds of thousands of kilometers.