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José Andrés World Central Kitchen, Hope CommUnity Center Team Up to Provide Meals in Apopka Thursday and Friday

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Chefs for America Orlando in collaboration with Hope CommUnity Center will be providing free dinners in Apopka tomorrow and Friday.

The group is part of Chef José Andrés nonprofit World Central Kitchen which has served 160,000 meals a day to needy families since the start of the pandemic. 

A group of chefs will prepare the nutritious meals at Jaleo, José Andrés’ restaurant in Disney Springs. 

Then Hope Community Center volunteers will deliver them to Chalet North and Brightwood Manor mobile parks and other communities in Apopka.

The Center’s Director of Donor Relations Catalina Gonzalez says food is the greatest short-term need in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

“So, our emergency food pantry is almost depleted and we cannot keep up with the demand.”

Sommelier Rafael Delgado says they will make 420 meals each day. Free meals will also be available for curbside pickup at Reyes Mezcaleria in downtown Orlando on Thursday and Friday. 

“We believe that a nourishing meal especially in a time of crisis is more than just a plate of food. It is something that reminds you that you are not alone. And that provides hope and dignity.”

Delgado says the meals will include food inspired by Italy and the Northern part of Spain near Portugal.

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Danielle Prieur is a general reporter for 90.7 News. She studied journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and interned at 101.9 WDET. She is originally from the metro Detroit area.