World Central Kitchen
First to the frontlines wherever meals—and hope—are needed.
The disaster logistics experts at World Central Kitchen know how to respond quickly and effectively when people are hungry. The non-profit organization, founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, provides fresh meals in response to crises while working to build resilient food systems with locally-led solutions.
Within hours of a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis, the WCK relief team is getting meals to first responders and those affected, with help from their internal map application built with GL JS.
Deploying their model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, WCK is able to respond to multiple disasters at once — often on opposite ends of the world. Responding to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, World Central Kitchen coordinates and communicates their distribution of millions of meals, food kits, and bulk product using digital and print maps, produced with support from Mapbox volunteers.
Maps are like a north star. They are the DNA of what World Central Kitchen is. They tell a story of who and where you are helping, and give you a sense of what’s really going on, and who needs help, sometimes in very, very big spaces. The support and commitment from our friends at Mapbox make this possible, and also helps us share our work with others.
Chef José Andrés, Founder, World Central Kitchen
During the Covid-19 pandemic WCK’s Chefs for America efforts distributed 35+ million meals across the United States, data which World Central Kitchen then visualized in an interactive map built with GL JS for their annual report.