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A World Central Kitchen volunteer in dark pants, long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and mask hands a brown bag to a New York National Guard member in fatigues and a mask.
A World Central Kitchen volunteer serves meals in New York to those working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Yards/Related Companies
Volunteering & Giving
April 16, 2020

Wells Fargo helps World Central Kitchen feed first responders at NYC field hospital

The $1 million donation from Wells Fargo and Related Companies allows Chef José Andrés to provide thousands of meals for health care and other workers caring for COVID-19 patients.

Wells Fargo is joining chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen to help feed first responders at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City, which is currently operating as one of the largest field hospitals treating COVID‑19 patients in the country.

Wells Fargo and Related Companies — one of the real estate firms that developed Hudson Yards — each donated $500,000 toward the $1 million grant for World Central Kitchen to create and serve as many as 100,000 meals to doctors, nurses, soldiers, police officers, EMTs, and others working at the hospital.

“Wells Fargo is helping hundreds of communities across the country impacted by COVID‑19 through relief efforts focused on food insecurity, small business stability, housing needs, and other critical needs,” said Wells Fargo Vice Chairman Bill Daley. “This initiative with World Central Kitchen and Related Companies is one way we are making a difference in New York City, providing much-needed meals for health care workers who work tirelessly to care for those fighting this virus.”

“Wells Fargo is helping hundreds of communities across the country impacted by COVID­19 through relief efforts focused on food insecurity, small business stability, housing needs, and other critical needs.” — Wells Fargo Vice Chairman Bill Daley

“We are honored to support New York City’s heroic health care workers and emergency responders doing critical work to defeat this pandemic,” said Jeff Blau, CEO of Related Companies. “Thank you to our partners at World Central Kitchen for your endless dedication to helping communities in need through the power of food, and at Wells Fargo for helping us launch this initiative.”The grant adds to a broad array of initiatives (PDF) Wells Fargo already has underway globally to bring relief in the COVID‑19 crisis to customers, employees, and communities.

The donation to World Central Kitchen also builds on Wells Fargo’s role as a founding sponsor and preferred bank of Hudson Yards.

Wells Fargo’s presence at Hudson Yards includes half-million square feet of office space, a trading floor for Wells Fargo Securities, a bank branch, and 10 ATMs.

World Central Kitchen’s Chef Relief Team, Related volunteers, and Hudson Yards restaurant staff will continue to prepare and serve food to those doing this critical work.

An EMT stands with a dark FDNY EMT sweatshirt and hat facing a World Central Kitchen volunteer wearing the nonprofit’s T-shirt, face mask, and hat.
Chef José Andrés stands with open arms in a face mask, dark hooded jacket, hat, and gloves as World Central Kitchen volunteers behind him prepare meals for COVID-19 first responders in New York.
A New York City Police officer wearing a yellow safety vest receives a meal bag from a World Central Kitchen Volunteer wearing dark pants, a sweatshirt, face mask, gloves, and head covering.
Four soldiers with brown bags with meals walk down a sidewalk in New York.
A World Central Kitchen volunteer in dark pants, long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and mask hands a brown bag to a New York National Guard member in fatigues and a mask.
Soldiers stand on blue circles on the sidewalk outside where World Central Kitchen volunteers are distributing meals to first responders.
A World Central Kitchen volunteer serves a meal to an EMT with the New York City Fire Department from a distribution site inside the Hudson Yards development.
Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Yards/Related Companies
Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen nonprofit hope to create and serve as many as 100,000 meals to first responders working at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City — converted into a field hospital for COVID-19 patients.
Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Yards/Related Companies
A member of the New York City Police Department picks up a meal during their shift at the Javits Center.
Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Yards/Related Companies
Troops in New York leave Hudson Yards with their meals.
Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Yards/Related Companies
Wells Fargo and Related Companies are supporting the effort to feed those on the front lines with a $1 million donation.
Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Yards/Related Companies
Soldiers maintain social distance while waiting to pick up meals from Andrés and his team at Hudson Yards.
Photo: Courtesy of Hudson Yards/Related Companies

“We are proud to activate a World Central Kitchen location at Hudson Yards to provide nourishing meals to the brave, tireless professionals working at Javits Center and USNS Comfort, and to first responders working across Manhattan’s West Side,” said Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen.

“We know a plate of food is so much more than a meal: It’s hope, it’s dignity, and it’s a sign that someone cares,” he said. “Fundraising efforts are paramount in allowing us to serve those in need, and the $1 million donation from Wells Fargo and Related Companies helps us meet the immediate need in this community.”


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