World Central Kitchen (WCK) arrived in Cucuta, Colombia in mid-February amid a growing hunger crisis among Venezuelans on the border. The Chef Relief Team quickly worked with local partners to identify a kitchen and begin preparing hot meals. At the same time, the team learned of the need to feed refugees inside the country, on the road as they took the journey to a better life. Since then, WCK has been providing meals for shelters along the road from Cucuta, through Pamplona, on to Bucaramanga.
Amid an economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, thousands are being forced to flee their home country to simply feed their families. Venezuelan refugees are having to walk the long journey, carrying everything they own, from the border to larger cities in Colombia where they can then find somewhere to build a new life.
In February, WCK arrived in Cucuta, Colombia and began preparing meals for Venezuelan refugees. After quickly learning the need stretched far beyond Cucuta, we worked to establish locations along the road that refugees are walking each day where we could provide meals for their journey. We are currently providing hot meals and fresh ingredients to approximately 15 locations including shelters, clinics, and a hospital. We are also providing sandwiches for the long walk between shelters.
As refugees continue to flee hunger in search for a better life, WCK will be there to ensure they receive the meals they need for the long journey.