Billionaire Jeff Bezos made the headlines on Tuesday, not just yet His successful journey to the edge of spaceAt a press conference after the nearly 10-minute flight on the Blue Origin, the Amazon founder announced a $100 million prize for celebrity chef Jose Andres.
The Nobel Peace Prize-nominated chef will donate that money to World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization he co-founded in 2010 that helps feed and support people in disaster-stricken areas around the world.
Recently, the organization has been feeding flood victims in affected parts of Germany, and partnered with food trucks to support emergency personnel after a building collapsed in Miami.
Bezos announced the grant as part of the newly launched “Courage and Civility” Award, which honors people working to find solutions to global issues.
Van Jones, a political contributor to CNN and founder of Dream Corps, received $100 million. “They can donate everything to their charities or they can share their wealth,” Bezos said. “It’s all up to them.”
plate of hope
“I am truly grateful for this award, and the wonderful support of Jeff and the entire Bezos family,” Andres said in a statement. “Kitchen World Central was born from the simple idea that food has the power to create a better world. A plate of food is a plate of hope.. it is the fastest way.” to rebuild lives and societies.
The chef, who will open two restaurants in New York later this year, plans to revolutionize disaster and hunger relief. Among his specific goals are doubling food aid around the world and changing the way three billion people, most of them women, cook.
Andres continued in his statement: “This award alone cannot feed the world… But this is the beginning of a new chapter for us, which will allow us to reflect on the greater challenges we face… It is now time to think more broadly, to solve the problem of hunger with great urgency now.”
Bezos is one in a recent string of prominent Andres supporters. And in December, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex partnered with World Central Kitchen to build four new relief centers, starting on the Caribbean island of Dominica.