José Andrés Turns Attention to Ventura Storm Victims
He took to Twitter to make sure people knew they could still get food.
As flash flood warnings and rainstorms forced mandatory evacuations in both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, José Andrés took to Twitter to make sure those who have been affected by California’s fires knew they can still count on him for food.
“Mandatory evacuations in Ventura due to big storms hitting #ThomasFire burn area!” Andrés tweeted on Wednesday afternoon, along with a photo of the breakfast—cheesy potatoes and fresh strawberries. “@WCKitchen #ChefsForCalifornia are back in action to feed evacuees & support @RedCrossVentura @RedCrossCoast.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, this week’s storms have been the largest of the season, and because of extensive fire damage, communities below the Thomas fire burn area—as well as the Sherpa and Whittier fires—were at risk of mudslides.
Andrés, with his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, pledged to help the areas ravaged by California’s wildfires months ago. In December, he—along with L.A. Kitchen—fed some 2,000 people in the Los Angeles and Ventura areas. His efforts in the area have been ongoing, as he’s worked with the Red Cross, too, to continue to provide food.
Andrés has been busy, to say the least. After Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Andrés went shopping at Target, then drove through the city solo, delivering the groceries he had purchased to those he met on the way. He also served more meals in Puerto Rico—in the wake of Hurricane Maria—than the Red Cross and FEMA. And when he scaled back his operations on the island, it was so that he could “serve communities in the greatest need,” he said.
Andrés recently announced that he plans to write a book about his work in Puerto Rico. We Fed An Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, published by Anthony Bourdain Books, should hit shelves sometime this fall.