Chef Jose Andrés to Join Bipartisan Food Security Facebook Live with Rep. Eric Swalwell & Rep. Rodney Davis

April 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chef José Andrés, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) announced they will hold a Facebook Live event to discuss restaurants, food security, and the food supply chain during COVID-19 on Thursday, April 30th from 1:00 to 1:45 PM ET. 

Since the nation has been gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, reliable access to homemade, nutritious food has become an enormous challenge for many. Chef Andrés’ disaster relief organization, World Central Kitchen (WCK), has been working to safely distribute individually packaged, fresh meals in communities that need support. Counting meals for children and families to pick up and take home, as well as delivery to seniors who cannot venture outside and frontline health workers, WCK has facilitated the delivery of over 200,000 fresh meals a day during the pandemic.

Andrés will be joined by Rep. Swalwell and Rep. Davis for a bipartisan conversation about food security and assisting restaurants and small businesses during this trying time. 

“Over the past few years, World Central Kitchen has seen the power of a hot plate of food in times of crisis,” Andrés said. “Food provides vital nourishment and a message of hope for the community, that we care and we’re here to make sure that tomorrow, things will be better. This fight to feed families, frontline health workers and first responders, as well as put our restaurants and farmers back to work, is one of our biggest yet.”

“Many of the traditional safety nets like school lunches and food banks are struggling right now to keep up with the demand that the coronavirus has brought, and people from all walks of life, from seniors to students, are finding it difficult to get a nutritious, homemade meal” Swalwell said. “At the same time, we’re also seeing thousands of restaurant and gig economy workers who are out of work. World Central Kitchen is doing incredible work to pair these two groups together and I look forward to joining my friends Chef Andres and Rep. Davis for a much-needed conversation about food security and stability in the time of COVID-19.”

“Americans across the country have come together to help their neighbors and despite the difficult economic environment restaurants are facing, many in the food industry continue to step up,” Davis said. “I’m thankful for the work Chef Andrés has done through the World Central Kitchen and I look forward to a bipartisan discussion on how we can continue to help people in need of meals and support our food workers who are on the frontlines working to ensure food is available.”

The Facebook Live event will take place on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET/10 AM PT.

Members of the public can tune in live at: Facebook.com/ChefJoseAndres/Live