The one who until recently was the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has donated this Tuesday to the Spanish chef José Andrés, who directs the ‘World Central Kitchen’ foundation, 100 million dollars in the framework of his new philanthropic project ‘Courage and Civility Award’.
Bezos announced this news at the press conference after the historic express trip aboard the New Shepard, a rocket from the Blue Origin company and with which it exceeded 100 kilometers (62 miles) in altitude. Through this new initiative, the former CEO of Amazon has disbursed a total of 200 million for philanthropic purposes (about 170 million euros at the current exchange rate).
Along with José Andrés, the other beneficiary of the award given by the Bezos Foundation has been Van Jones, commentator and founder of the organization ‘Dream Corps’. Recipients will be able to distribute to charities or non-profit organizations of their choice.
“Jeff, come on, let’s feed the world”
“I am very grateful for this,” said José Andrés excitedly. “It allows us to look beyond the next hurricane,” he added, because thanks to this push, “now is the time to think big, with the urgency of today”. The chef won the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord a few weeks ago.
During his speech, José Andrés recalled that World Central Kitchen “arose from a very simple but very powerful idea: food can change the world.” Thus, he has stressed that with his NGO he intends “change the way 3 billion people, mostly women, cook on dirty stoves “. “We think globally, but we feed locally,” he said, and referred to the pandemic as an element that led “hundreds of thousands to hunger and famine.”
“Jeff, come on, let’s feed the world”, The chef has concluded his speech of thanks to the richest man in the world.