In early May we reported that a $1 charge was being added to guest checks at all of Shannon Wynne’s 30-plus restaurants, including Little Rock’s Flying Fish and Flying Saucer and Bentonville’s Flying Fish. Each dollar would be donated to World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization founded by chef José Andrés that sends cooks to the front lines of humanitarian crises.
In April, a restaurant operating as a relief kitchen with support from World Central Kitchen was hit by a missile in a civilian area of Kharkiv.
Good news from Kharkiv! @natemook is with Vera and the Yaposhka team at a new kitchen location following the missile strike. All of the restaurant staff came back to help prepare meals—and the 3 injured team members have been released from the hospital! #ChefsForUkraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/FsrzoKzSQb
— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) April 19, 2022
Word Central Kitchen has had chefs in Ukraine and neighboring countries for more than 100 days, and according to its website, it’s now serving nearly 1 million meals per day. Additionally, World Central Kitchen currently has teams activated in Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, Oaxaca, Mexico, Pernambuco, Brazil and Sylhet, Bangladesh.
Wynne told us the goal was to raise $250k in under two months, and his restaurants met that goal in six weeks.
As of June 4, there is no longer a $1 charge at any of his restaurants.
Here’s a Twitter thread update from chef José Andrés.
100 days ago Russia invaded the resilient country of Ukraine. 99 days ago the @WCKitchen team started cooking. With restaurants & families cooking at home, WCK is providing nearly 1 million meals a day. Today, I'm thinking of all the brave Food Fighters who are feeding Ukraine… pic.twitter.com/uSXxlEhsv7
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) June 3, 2022
Donations to World Central Kitchen can be made here.