I always say our readers have the biggest hearts. And so many of us are wondering which are the best humanitarian aid organizations to support in the wake of tragic events around the world, like the Maui wildfires, the ongoing war against Ukraine, and just this week, the horrendous 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Morocco. It’s killed nearly 3,000 people, injured thousands more, and devastated countless communities.

It’s awful to feel helpless–and sometimes that comes from not knowing just where to put our limited money and resources and who will do right by our good intentions.

I always tell people, start with the work of World Central Kitchen. And you can donate directly to their Morocco efforts through this link.

Photo credits to World Central Kitchen/WCK.org

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Why we're supporting World Central Kitchen's humanitarian relief efforts in Morocco after the earthquakeLanding in Morocco | via WCK

If you’re not yet familiar with the lifesaving work of the organization founded by Chef Jose Andres after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, their mission is to put themselves right in the middle of disaster areas to provide emergency food relief in the form of good, hot, chef-prepared meals to those in need.

Their work has been so impactful, that in 2019 Chef Andres was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and in 2022, his portrait was hung in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, in an annual ceremony celebrating””extraordinary individuals who have made transformative contributions to the United States and its people.”

Right now, they have a team on the ground in Morocco, providing sandwiches, fruit, and fresh water in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. At the same time, they report their team from Spain is headed south with multiple food trucks and kitchen equipment so they can start cooking hot, fresh meals to as many people in need in the impacted region as possible.

How to support World Central Kitchen's humanitarian work in Morocco and around the world | Photo: WCK

While the destruction of land, homes, historic monuments and infrastructure is horrible, the human toll is most disturbing. Which is why providing people with the most basic human need to survive — food — is a huge priority for us.

You can rebuild a road. You can’t replace a person.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to World Central Kitchen — if you can afford $500 or $5, it all makes a difference. There are lots of ways to donate: credit card, PayPal, Crypto, sending a paper check, donating stock, even making a wire transfer from your bank.

World Central Kitchen Cookbook by Chef Jose Andres: 100% of author proceeds support their lifesaving emergency relief efforts around the world

You can also learn how to volunteer with World Central Kitchen. Or order their brand new World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope, with 100% of the author proceeds supporting their emergency relief efforts. You’ll get incredible recipes including those from contributions like Marcus Samuelson, Ayesha Curry, Tyler Florence — even Michelle Obama shares her Breakfast Tacos, and
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex contributes her Olive Oil Cake recipe.

Whatever you can give, however you give it, they’ll take it. And they’ll put it to outstanding use, guaranteed.

If you want to look for the helpers, follow @WCKitchen on Instagram, @chefjoseandres on Instagram, World Central Kitchen on Facebook, or @WCKitchen on FKA Twitter  for encouraging, up-to-the-minute updates from some really incredible people.