Chef Jose Andres Receives 100 Million Dollar Grant In Surprise Announcement

Posted: Jul 21, 2021

“I have a little surprise for you,” newly-minted space traveler Jeff Bezos said at what seemed to be the end of his press conference following the successful inaugural Blue Origin flight.

Having answered reporters’ questions about his plans for the future of space tourism and scaling the cost of space travel, the former Amazon CEO said he had a new announcement.

Bezos introduced the “Courage and Civility Award,” a grant recognizing “leaders who aim high, pursue solutions with courage and always do so with civility.” The award, a $100 million grant for non-profit work, was aimed at “unifiers, not vilifiers,” Bezos said.

The first two recipients are CNN commentator Van Jones, who is also the founder of the racial justice non-profit Dream Corps and celebrity chef José Andrés, the founder of World Central Kitchen.

Andrés has long been recognized for linking his love of cooking with humanitarian projects.

At the start of the pandemic, as restaurants across the U.S. closed and left many out of work, World Central Kitchen paid restaurants to feed communities in need, as well as provide meals for frontline workers. According to World Central Kitchen, the non-profit has funneled over $140 million back into local economies and worked with over 400 cities in 35 states. Globally, World Central Kitchen estimates it has served over 35 million meals as part of their COVID response program.

By Elva Ramirez
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