The Coliseo is the biggest concert hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But since Hurricane Maria devastated the island a month ago, it's become the center of a massive effort to feed tens of thousands left hungry by the storm -- an effort led by celebrity chef José Andrés. "We're about to reach the million and a half [meals] served -- a vast majority of them hot meals," says Andrés, who is known for his upscale restaurants in Washington, D.C., and for canceling his plans to open one in Donald Trump's D.C. hotel. Nearly 80 percent of Puerto Rico remains without electricity.
"I didn't see a plan and instead of planning and meeting, I began cooking and we began feeding," he says. Soon after Andrés arrived, FEMA gave his nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, enough money to prepare 20,000 meals over seven days. That's on top of the 50,000 people a day he was already feeding -- with donated food and funds, in addition to money from his NGO.
Danni with the anti-regulatory article. Wonders never cease.
"Maybe it wasn't perfect," he says of World Central Kitchen's efforts in Puerto Rico, "maybe it was not organized by the rules and regulations of the federal government. But I can tell you, if you go to ask every one of those men and women that received those meals, probably they would tell you that for them the plan was good enough."
And where is FEMA again? Oh yes, remaining incompetent under Trump's leadership and political appointees.
"Danni with the anti-regulatory article. Wonders never cease."
Yeah, in a situation like that we need regulators to make sure everything is perfect.
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