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José Andrés Opening Free DC Kitchen To Feed Federal Workers

Patch logo Patch 1/15/2019 Alessia Grunberger
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WASHINGTON, DC — José Andrés, celebrity chef and 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will open a temporary kitchen in the District to feed furloughed federal workers during the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

"We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children, so we are opening a kitchen at the Navy Memorial in D.C.," Andrés said in a video he posted to Twitter from Puerto Rico.

Andrés owns several restaurants in the District, including Zaytinya and Oyamel. Since parts of the government shut down in December, Andrés has been offering free sandwiches to affected federal workers at his restaurants.

Starting Wednesday, Andrés' nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, will set up a pop-up kitchen in downtown D.C. and distribute food to affected families. Andrés started World Central Kitchen in 2010 and has fed millions of natural disasters victims, including those in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

Andrés said he hopes the pop-up kitchen will be "a call to action" to members of Congress and President Trump to reopen the government. The political impasse over President Trump's border wall has left some 800,000 federal workers without a paycheck.

The temporary kitchen will be located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. In his video, Andrés, an outspoken Trump critic, said the location was intentional.

"This has a double meaning," Andrés said. "We're going to be open for any federal family that needs food. We will have food for you to eat or food for you to take home."

According to World Central Kitchen on Twitter, the pop-up will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Town & Country

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