WASHINGTON — D.C. chef and humanitarian José Andrés is on the ground in Poland, offering aid following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The recent James Beard award-nominated chef tweeted Thursday night that he is arriving in Poland with the team from World Central Kitchen to "see what we can do."
The team arrived and began serving hot food to refugees over the weekend. The famous chef and his partners plan to continue their efforts in Poland, as well as trek to Romania and even inside Ukraine to share meals.
The chef and his World Central Kitchen team is known for getting boots on the ground following disasters across the globe. They recently offered help in Tonga, Puerto Rico, and Madagascar. They have also offered helping hands closer to home following tornadoes in Kentucky and hurricanes in New Orleans.
World Central Kitchen, founded by Andrés in 2010, provides quality meals for those who need them, anywhere in the world.
People are eager to help. Following his tweet Thursday, several people reached out to see if they could help in these most recent efforts by donating to WCK. A fundraising page has been set up through the World Central Kitchen website here.
"Working at a 24-hour pedestrian border crossing in southern Poland, WCK began serving hot, nourishing meals within hours of the initial invasion and are now set up at multiple border crossings across the country," the website said.
The team at World Central Kitchen has teamed up with a food truck based in Poland called Oh My Ramen. The owners of the truck are Ukrainians living in Poland who drove four hours to help.
The assault on Ukraine, anticipated for weeks by the U.S. and Western allies, amounts to the largest ground war in Europe since World War II. The invasion has triggered protest across the world.