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After Criticizing Trump For Not Doing Enough For Puerto Rico, This World-Renowned Chef Rolled Up His Sleeves And Got To Work

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President Trump has been criticized for his response and concern for American citizens dealing with the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Recently, he made it a point to tweet that relief work in Puerto Rico “can’t go on forever.” In an effort to mitigate the slow response from the U.S. government, private citizens and charitable organizations have stepped up to bring relief and aid to Puerto Rico. World-renowned chef José Andrés and his disaster relief non-profit called World Central Kitchen are on the ground in Puerto Rico preparing meals for people in remote areas of the island.

D.C.-based chef José Andrés is bringing hot meals, fruits, and water to Puerto Ricans in need.

According to Andrés’ Twitter, World Central Kitchen has recently reached their goal of providing 97,000 meals a day for Puerto Ricans recovering from Hurricane Maria. Andrés also tweeted that they are working toward increasing the number to 120,000 meals a day.

World Central Kitchen has deployed food trucks and chefs throughout the island to feed as many of the hurricane victims as possible.

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Andrés also says they are feeding the National Guard despite not receiving any government assistance.

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According to Eater, Andrés asked for helicopter assistance to make distributing food easier but the request was denied. In response to the government’s denial of assistance, Andrés has been vocal on Twitter, calling them out on their lack of support.

As of Oct. 10, according to a press release, World Central Kitchen has given out more than 450,000 meals to those in need under the #ChefsForPuertoRico initiative.

Andrés is also using his time in Puerto Rico to shine a light on the heroes who have been pivotal in helping the hungry and thirsty on the island.

Chef Carlos Perez works for El Blok’s restaurant in Vieques and, according to Andrés’ tweet, Perez stood up to the plate to help those suffering after the hurricane. As a partner of World Central Kitchen’s #ChefsForPuertoRico, Perez is working toward Andrés’ mission to make enough food to avoid a food crisis on the Caribbean island.

If you would like to follow Andrés’ progress helping Puerto Ricans get the food they need, follow #ChefsForPuertoRico.


READ: After Blaming Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure And Economy, Trump Says Hurricane Aid Can’t Last ‘Forever’

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Llega a Miami Angela Parrilla una anciana de 104 años que sufrió el azote del Huracán Maria en Puerto Rico…Su historia…6pm #telemundo51

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This 103-year-old Puerto Rican woman survived Hurricane Maria and has been living without power.

Angela Parrilla has been reunited with her family in Florida after weeks of living in Vieques, Puerto Rico without power or running water. The 103-year-old woman rarely left Puerto Rico, according to her family, but the aftermath of Hurricane Maria left them scrambling to get her off the island as quickly as possible. Parrilla wasn’t the only person the family wanted to retrieve. NBC 6 reports that the elderly woman cares for her special needs granddaughter while dealing with her own medical issues, which include visual impairment, a blood disorder and a heart condition. Zandra Velez, Parrilla’s grandniece, told NBC 6 it was very difficult to rescue her family members.

“I needed to get them off the island,” Velez told NBC 6. “It was totally impossible to get a flight out. I called and pleaded.”

It was Senator Marco Rubio getting involved that changed everything. Rubio reportedly chartered a helicopter from Vieques to San Juan, according to NBC 6. Then, Parrilla and her granddaughter were flown to Miami thanks to the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund. Parrilla will be staying with her family in Orlando, Fla., as recovery efforts continue on the Caribbean island she calls home.

(H/T: NBC 6)


READ: After Criticizing Trump For Not Doing Enough For Puerto Rico, This World-Renowned Chef Rolled Up His Sleeves And Got To Work

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