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World Central Kitchen is paying restaurants to help feed people lack access to meals

WCK is paying restaurants for each free meal they give to those experiencing food insecurity; a win for both restaurants and those in need.

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José Andrés and World Central Kitchen (WCK) are offering creative approaches to fight hunger while also supporting the restaurant sector. In this example, WCK is piloting a program to pay restaurants for each meal they serve to people who lack access to meals. The program leverages restaurants as a resource for food provision, while providing them some income that can be paid to workers. The program also ensures a supply of free meals to those in need, at a time when traditional meal provision sites may be struggling.

What is the need are you focusing on?

(1) access to food for those experiencing food insecurity, (2) support to restaurants and restaurant workers

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

World Central Kitchen is an inspiring organization for many reasons, including their geographic reach, scale of meals delivered, and ability to respond quickly to crises. I find this particular example inspiring because it challenges traditional thinking around nonprofits and for-profit organizations, and the roles they play. See also:

What is your profession?

Currently freelance consulting/contracting

Where are you located (country)?

Unites States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

Which industry do you work in?

  • Business/Consulting
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy
  • Technology


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