Introducing our new social impact initiative, T+L Global Good.

By T+L Editors
April 03, 2020
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World Central Kitchen has started distributing pre-packaged meals in New York City.
Courtesy of World Central Kitchen

As an influential voice in travel media, we take pride in covering the people and places doing innovative, resourceful, forward-thinking work around the world — and more importantly, doing what we can to direct support to communities in need.

We don’t need to tell you why this feels particularly critical right now. It is with a renewed sense of urgency that we announce the launch of T+L Global Good: a new initiative wherein our brand will partner with visionary organizations that are driving change and taking impactful steps toward a more just world. As part of the partnership, Travel + Leisure will provide a platform through editorial content, events, and support for the work these organizations are doing on the ground.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, food trucks have transformed into World Central Kitchen delivery vehicles, bringing hot meals to thousands of residents each day.
Courtesy of World Central Kitchen

Our inaugural partner is one that’s on the front lines during the present crisis: World Central Kitchen, the nonprofit founded by James Beard Award-winning chef and humanitarian José Andrés. The organization's CEO is Nate Mook, who recently served as a panelist for our 2020 Global Vision Awards.

Andrés was compelled to create the NGO after volunteering in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. In the intervening decade, WCK has been quick to respond after natural disasters — feeding those displaced by the recent wildfires in Australia and Northern California, and famously, leading relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Other ongoing programs include building school and community kitchens, aiding independent farms and food sovereignty efforts, and providing culinary and food safety training in underserved communities.

The kitchen of Arzábal, a restaurant in Madrid, is now a base for World Central Kitchen operations.
Courtesy of World Central Kitchen

Staff and volunteers are currently spearheading feeding efforts around the United States, from Arkansas to the U.S. Virgin Islands to T+L’s hometown of New York City. Through their #ChefsForAmerica COVID-19 response campaign, WCK is delivering thousands of freshly cooked meals every day to homebound folks and laid-off hourly workers, feeding hospital staff and other healthcare workers on the front lines, and helping shuttered restaurants pivot their operations to producing emergency meals.

For more on World Central Kitchen — and information on how to donate — head to wck.org and stay tuned for future coverage in upcoming issues of T+L.