World Central Kitchen


Santa Fe Community College and Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen partner to feed students and their families as well as local communities.

Having served more than 50,000 free, fresh meals to area communities, Santa Fe Community College and World Central Kitchen concluded its food distribution initiative on Friday, June 26. World Central Kitchen, led by world famous chef and humanitarian Chef José Andrés, partnered with Santa Fe Community College to help feed community members experiencing food insecurity during the covid-19 pandemic. After 10 weeks and as businesses and restaurants have begun to reopen, the partners determined it was an appropriate moment to conclude operations. The initiative was supported by SFCC Foundation.

To address food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis, Santa Fe Community College has launched a food distribution program in partnership with World Central Kitchen, led by world famous chef and humanitarian, Chef José Andrés. Santa Fe Community College Foundation is supporting the program, which will help feed Santa Fe Public Schools and SFCC students and their families as well as local communities. Working with city and county governments, the project will identify additional distribution sites where there is pressing economic need.

Culinary Arts Program Chef Jerry Dakan and Culinary Arts faculty and students will prepare and distribute thousands of healthy meals on a daily basis, with a hefty dose of traditional New Mexico ingredients. Nursing Program faculty and students will screen volunteers and take temperatures to ensure no one has a fever. Local guest chefs also will participate.

The partnership was developed by Robert Egger, a Cerrillos resident, who is serving as a food security advisor to Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber. He is a longtime friend and colleague of Chef Andrés, as well as a founding Board member of World Central Kitchen.

SFCC’s Dean of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability, Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., MPH, is coordinating the efforts with guidance and structure from National Incident Management and Incident Command Systems and in alignment with SFCC’s Community Emergency Response Team.

Together.. Helping one another!!

Posted by Doreen Gallegos on Friday, May 1, 2020