Regatta Beneficiary Spotlight: World Central Kitchen Making a Difference In Ukraine

Each year, RCM&D selects regional, deserving nonprofits as the beneficiaries of our year-long fundraising and volunteer efforts. The culmination of those efforts is celebrated at our annual Regatta, a waterfront celebration held on Baltimore’s scenic Inner Harbor. Learn more about the Regatta here. Leading up to this year’s event, we will highlight one of this year’s beneficiaries and the amazing work that they do in our communities every day. 

About World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen is a non-profit organization that provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. Founded in 2010 as a result of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, World Central Kitchen understands that food means more than just nourishment. In times of crisis, food is comfort. That’s why World Central Kitchen doesn’t just dump food into disaster zones. It focuses on putting cooks on the ground, sourcing and hiring locally wherever possible. This helps not only nourish and comfort those in need, but also helps to jump-start economic recovery through food.

Deploying a model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, WCK knows that a nourishing meal in a time of crisis is so much more than a plate of food—it’s hope, it’s dignity, and it’s a sign that someone cares. 

The Crisis in Ukraine

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, World Central Kitchen launched its “Chefs for Ukraine” response. Through this program, World Central Kitchen has served over 127 million meals to families throughout Ukraine. You can learn more about WCK’s efforts in Ukraine and hear stories from the ground on World Central Kitchen’s website.

How the Regatta Will Benefit World Central Kitchen

Funding from the Regatta will be used to provide additional aid for World Central Kitchen’s response teams around the globe. The impact of these response teams is exemplified by the work being done through the “Chefs for Ukraine,”  which continues to serve meals to Ukrainian citizens in 1100 cities across the country.