Top Spanish-American chef Jose Andres has been handing the meals today – in fact over 150,000 prepared meals were given away to hard-up families affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
The incident was filmed at Mestalla Stadium in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia before being shared on Twitter by La Liga football club Valencia CF.
Spanish-American chef Jose Andres, 50, who boasts two Michelin stars, founded the World Central Kitchen, an NGO devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters that catered for the event.
Andres, who has lived in the US for several years and was awarded with a National Humanities medal by President Barack Obama in 2016, asked politicians in Spain to give “fewer speeches that aren’t taking us anywhere” and called for “more action” to solve pressing issues such as hunger and surging unemployment.
The celebrity chef, who organised over 150,000 meals for hard-up residents affected by the lockdown, was joined by Valencia CF president Anil Murthy, 47.
According to Andres, the first thing the Spanish authorities need to recognise is that there is “a lot of hunger and people are queuing for over an hour to feed their children”.
He added: “There is no better investment in life than investing in the people and making sure they have the minimum, especially in emergency situations.
“It is more expensive to let people starve.”
According to local media, many of the people queuing for food at the stadium had recently lost their jobs due to the severe lockdown measures imposed in Spain and no longer have any income.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 242,280 cases of COVID-19 and 27,136 related deaths.