World Central Kitchen
Health & Wellness
Diabetes is a public health crisis in Puerto Rico, with a prevalence rate about 50% higher than the general U.S. population. This problem may be attributed to various contributing factors ranging from cultural preferences to legislation. Specifically, the typical Puerto Rican cuisine consists primarily of starchy root vegetables which raise blood glucose. This problem is compounded by legislation such as the Jones Act, which limits trade with Puerto Rico and results in the importation of cost-prohibitive goods. Additionally, there is a lack of emphasis on preventative medicine. To make things even more challenging, 60% of all general practitioners and over 8,000 specialist doctors have emigrated from the country. We would like to recognize Chef José Andrés and his relief efforts with the World Central Kitchen, which delivered meals to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and is now in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian’s devastation. World Central Kitchen is committed to reducing the high rate of food insecurity that exists in Puerto Rico by supporting and partnering with smallholder farms, agricultural organizations, and small businesses in the food economy through direct funding grants.