Chef José Andrés Shares How He Fed Puerto Rico in Riveting TED Talk

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Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

A report by Phineas Rueckert and Erica Sanchez for Global Citizen.

“You know I love to feed the few, but even more, I love to feed the many.”

That’s how celebrity chef José Andrés began his powerful TED Talk about how he helped feed hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

After the storm barreled through Puerto Rico last fall, knocking down homes, telephone polls, and school buildings, the entire island of more than 3 million inhabitants was plunged into darkness. Hospitals had to run on generators, schools were closed, and internet and phone service was suspended.

On top of that, crops were devastated, especially in rural areas. For many of the island’s urban poor, electronic food stamps didn’t work at supermarkets— making…

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