José Andrés-led effort feeds over 11,000 federal workers in one day during shutdown
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A team led by chef José Andrés provided 11,400 meals on Wednesday as part of their efforts to aid furloughed federal workers during the ongoing government shutdown.

Andrés, the restaurateur and humanitarian whose nonprofit World Central Kitchen has fed millions during natural disasters, started the #ChefsForFeds effort earlier this month.

“11,400 hot meals were served today to our incredible unpaid federal workforce!” World Central Kitchen tweeted Wednesday night. “We will see you tomorrow, but hopefully not much longer.”

Last week, the effort served about 12,000 meals over two days, but has since expanded to other cities.


A spokeswoman for World Central Kitchen told The Hill that since opening last Wednesday, the effort has served more than 38,000 meals. They have also opened a resource center to provide groceries, pet food and other expense-related help to workers.

As of Thursday, the team has set up 11 pop-up kitchens in Washington, D.C., to feed federal employees and their families, and is working with partner restaurants and food trucks to bring the effort to 17 other states and Puerto Rico.

"Today we face another type of disaster in the United States. More than 800,000 federal workers are without a job. Many millions of Americans are gonna go through hard times," Andrés said in a video posted to Twitter. "We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children."

Some lawmakers have supported Andrés’s efforts as well. CNN reported Thursday that Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOvernight Defense: Transgender troops rally as ban nears | Trump may call more troops to border | National Guard expects 3M training shortfall from border deployment | Pentagon to find housing for 5,000 migrant children Transgender troops rally as Pentagon prepares to implement ban The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump rallies for second term on 'promises kept' MORE III (D-Mass.) and Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race DCCC opens Texas office to protect House pickups, target vulnerable GOP seats Dems ramp up subpoena threats MORE (R-Texas) joined him Wednesday in feeding workers.

Andrés, a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE, originally offered free lunch at his restaurants to furloughed workers. The shutdown has now gone on for more than a month.

Updated at 2:35 p.m.