It’s Just A Little Bit: World Central Kitchen

We get a small amount each year from ads on the blog. I use part of it to pay for the domain and hosting fees. The rest I try to donate. Usually, it’s to the local animal shelter. This year those funds are designated for World Central Kitchen:

WCK uses the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies through times of crisis and beyond.

In 2010, my wife Patricia and I had a big dream to start World Central Kitchen. We envisioned an organization that would use food to empower communities and strengthen economies, and for many years we saw an amazing impact through our clean cookstoves initiative, culinary training programs, and social enterprise ventures. But we had no idea we would one day be answering calls in Puerto Rico and around the world to serve meals in the aftermath of disaster – and we quickly learned that food is a powerful tool to heal communities in times of crisis and beyond.

In 2020, the world changed profoundly, and our daily lives were overturned in a way none of us could have ever imagined. We activated in communities around the United States and the world to meet the daily needs of families in need of a warm plate of food – and supported thousands of local restaurants in the process. We also responded to natural and manmade disasters in countries on five continents, from massive bushfires in Australia to a deadly explosion in Lebanon to devastating hurricanes in Central America. Our fight to feed hungry people has taken us to more places than we ever expected.

At the same time, WCK continues planting roots in the communities where we work. Our Food Producer Network is helping to create food resilience in the face of future disasters. In Haiti, aspiring chefs are obtaining the skills and confidence they need to elevate their careers and the country’s tourism sector.

With your help, we have shown that there is no place too far or disaster too great for our chefs to be there with a hot plate of food when it’s needed most.

I hope you’ll dream with us as we envision a world where there is always a hot meal, an encouraging word, and a helping hand in hard times. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people may eat, we will be there – we must be there.

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José Andrés
Founder, World Central Kitchen

A profound thank you to all of you who have visited all these years, who have shared in our love of food and in our love of our animals…and the strays who happen along the way. I hope you have enjoyed our gardens and the mundane moments of our lives.

It’s a joy… TaMara

Thank You and Let’s Help Some Pets

So our little blog gets a bit of cash from the ads that run on the site based on the number of people who visit. It’s not much, most of it goes to pay the expenses for hosting, photo storage, etc. It’s nice to know after all these years, it’s pretty much self-sustaining. Well unless you count JeffreyW’s and my time. But that’s not why we do it. LOL

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This year, there was a little bit more in the coffers at the end of the year and since some of that uptick was due in part to the Bixby posts, I thought it would be appropriate if that extra money went to three animal organizations.

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First up, Big Bones Canine Rescue, who helped my friend Denise become an emergency foster parent so they could save Bixby’s new buddy, Talus. For the past two years she had been looking to adopt a mastiff and it wasn’t working out with the other rescue group (somewhat similar to my experience) but then she found these guys and had a great experience. Now Talus is safe and loved.

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Next up, Longmont Humane Society, since they not only helped me bring the Z-Man home, but also were so kind while I was looking to adopt a dog. Every dog I encountered there was calm, well behaved and eager. This is because the staff works diligently with them so they aren’t scared, confused and less likely to be adopted because they are timid or afraid. There is a reason this shelter has a high adoption rate.

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And finally, of course St. Francis Care, because their beautiful rescues grace our pages almost weekly and I practically drove out to IL more than once to adopt someone.

Thank you to everyone who drops by the site, we sure appreciate it. – TaMara

 

Nothing is better than being rescued by a shelter pet.

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Shelby, Sadie, Coty, Einstein, Duncan, BJ, Callie, Rupert, Emma, Jake, Missy, Harley, Zander and a myriad of other cats, dogs and, yes, even a chinchilla, adopted from shelters.

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