President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting with founder of World Central Kitchen international humanitarian organization, chef Jose Andres.
The Head of State thanked Jose Andres and World Central Kitchen for the activities they launched in Ukraine and on the borders of our state, unlike some other organizations that should deal with such challenges. The purpose of these activities is substantial and important assistance to thousands of Ukrainians who are suffering from the war unleashed by Russia.
"We appreciate your help to Ukrainians from the first day of full-scale Russian aggression and your presence in Ukraine at this difficult moment. Thank you for devoting a significant part of your time to our country," Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized.
The President noted that World Central Kitchen started working on the Ukrainian-Polish border from the first day of the Russian invasion and helped forced migrants, and today the organization has launched activities in many cities of Ukraine and, among other things, creates new jobs for our citizens.
About 5 thousand Ukrainians are involved in the work of World Central Kitchen in our country, more than 500 catering facilities are operating. Since the beginning of the war, more than 130 million meals have been cooked for our citizens.
According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the state is ready to support the activities of an organization of this level, which performs an extremely important humanitarian mission, in every way.
During the meeting, Jose Andres emphasized that World Central Kitchen will continue to help Ukrainians, in particular, support people in the territories that will be liberated from occupation.
"We will be ready to help the regions that will be de-occupied already in the first hours," he said.