The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Archewell Foundation announced its first major philanthropic project. The nonprofit, named after Meghan and Harry's son, Archie, is partnering with Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen to feed those in disaster-stricken areas around the world.
"The health of our communities depends on our ability to connect to our shared humanity," said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a press statement. "When we think about Chef Andrés and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we're reminded that even during a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing — and working tirelessly — to support each other. World Central Kitchen inspires us through compassion in action."
The Archewell Foundation is supporting the building of four community relief centres for World Central Kitchen, which will serve as community kitchens during national emergencies and have the flexibility to become community centres, schools, and clinics when necessary. On Feb. 23, World Central Kitchen announced that the construction of the first community centre had been completed in Dominica, which was hit by two devastating hurricanes in 2017. The second centre will be built in Puerto Rico.
The Dominica centre, which is located in a school that was constructed under the country's climate resiliency plan to be a shelter against future hurricanes, includes kitchen equipment that can run on solar power. This year, there are also plans to launch a culinary training program to equip chefs to prepare large quantities of food in case of an emergency.