Sussexes' Archewell Foundation to fund construction of four community relief centres
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hold their son Archie
Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Archewell Foundation is set to fund the construction of four community aid centers for a global food charity, announced on Sunday.
The partnership with World Central Kitchen is the first publicly announced philanthropic venture for the couple since the start of their nonprofit.
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It follows from the Duchess's hugely successful work with the Hubb Community Kitchen, launched by the Grenfell Tower Community following the tragedy in West London, and the subsequent publication of a charity cookbook to keep the kitchen open.
The development follows a string of lucrative deals the couple announced in recent months, including contracts with Netflix and Spotify, as well as the Duchess's decision to invest privately in a number of startups.
World Food Kitchen, run by Chef José Andrés, offers meals after natural disasters.
The four Archewell-funded centers will be permanent structures designed to be quickly opened in the event of an emergency and become community centers, schools, or clinics if necessary.
The Duke and Duchess said in a statement: "The health of our communities depends on our ability to connect with our common humanity.
“When we think of Chef Andrés and his incredible team at World Central Kitchen, we are reminded that even in a year of unimaginable hardship, there are so many amazing people willing - and working tirelessly - to support one another. World Central Kitchen inspires us through compassion in action. "
The Duchess has volunteered in soup kitchens since she was 15.
In April, both she and the Duke volunteered with Project Angel Food and delivered meals to the vulnerable in Los Angeles.
Each of the four Archewell-funded centers will be located in areas "disproportionately affected by the challenges of hunger and the food system."
The first is being built on the Caribbean island of Dominica, which was hit by Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017 and is scheduled to open early next year. Another will be in Puerto Rico while the other two locations have yet to be announced.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex
The Sussexes haven't revealed how much money Archewell will put into the project, but World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook told Bloomberg that each center would require an initial investment of at least $ 50,000 to get operational.
World Central Kitchen has served 50 million meals in 17 countries since it was launched in 2010. In 2018, Mr. Andrés was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
He said, “We believe in the healing power of food and we like to say wherever there is a fight so that hungry people can eat, we will be there.
“We are more energetic than ever to continue this important work and we are proud that it will go hand in hand with the Archewell Foundation and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
"I've got to know both of them well and I believe their values align directly with what we stand for at World Central Kitchen."
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