On the afternoon of Friday, January 25, just minutes before President Trump announced the deal that would re-open the federal government on the following Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined acclaimed chef and humanitarian José Andrés at his emergency pop-up kitchen, World Central Kitchen, alongside Chef Spike Mendelsohn, and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans as volunteers to hand out prepped meals to federal furloughed employees in need.
World Central Kitchen is a non-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. This specific pop-up kitchen has been providing meals to workers affected by the partial federal government shutdown since January 16, 2019. Chef Andrés also opened a Resource Center next door to provide support, groceries, as well as diapers and pet food to furloughed federal employees.
Says Andrés: “We need to remember that government is here to serve the people, not the people to be hostage of our government…”