World Central Kitchen Provides Homemade Meals for Evacuees and First Responders Through Casa Pacifica’s Kitchen

Camarillo, CA – World Central Kitchen – the nonprofit founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres has made a temporary home in the kitchen at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families. World Central Kitchen is mobilizing in response to the need that has arisen from the extensive evacuations due to the Woolsey fire. Casa Pacifica’s commercial grade kitchen has provided the perfect home to pump out thousands of essential meals a day. Local Ventura County chef Tim Kilcoyne of Scratch Sandwich Counter is chef lead for World Central Kitchen’s response to the devastating Woolsey fire. “Right now we’re providing meals for all of the Red Cross evacuation centers in Ventura County as well as first responders,” confirmed Chef Tim.

Local businesses have also pitched in to help relief efforts. Three Trader Joe’s stores had to be evacuated because of the fire, but they had deliveries of fresh produce and food already in route. So they reached out to Tim and World Central Kitchen. “We usually do not accept food donations, we like to purchase all of our food – but since we worked with Trader Joe’s during last year’s Thomas Fire and they were kind enough to think of us, their trucks were rerouted and they were able to make that huge donation to us.” The Berry Man and Sysco also donated use of their refrigerated trucks to store all the fresh produce.

Volunteers from all over the county have showed up to help chop, package, and prep meals. “It has been a team effort. It’s great to see the whole community come together and we are honored to provide a space for them to do it,” commented Casa Pacifica CEO Dr. Steve Elson. “We are part of a great community – they have always supported Casa Pacifica’s children and families – it is our privilege to give back and contribute to a great cause.”

World Central Kitchen will be stationed at Casa Pacifica’s Camarillo campus making meals through the end of the week. For volunteer sign ups or to donate, please visit www.worldcentralkitchen.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Central Kitchen is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Chef Jose Andres after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. World Central Kitchen was founded on the belief that food can be an agent of change. They have expanded globally and have developed into a group of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty. Today, they use the expertise of their chef network to empower people to be part of the solution with a focus on health, education, jobs, and social enterprise. For more information about World Central Kitchen visit its website www.worldcentralkitchen.org. 

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for foster or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and administers a number of community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. Casa Pacifica is also a foster family agency, which recruits and trains families for potential placement with a foster youth. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development & Public Relations Department at (805) 445-7800.


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