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Wine Spectator: Jeff Bezos Returns from Space and Donates $100 Million to José Andrés Charity

July 21, 2021

After an 11-minute space flight that took him 66.5 miles above the earth, Jeff Bezos tried to improve life on the planet below. At the end of a press conference following his flight on the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, Bezos announced a $100 million award to José Andrés, renowned chef and co-founder of World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that helps feed and support people in disaster-stricken areas around the world.

“I’m really grateful for this award, and the incredible support from Jeff and the entire Bezos family,” said Andrés in a statement. “World Central Kitchen was born from the simple idea that food has the power to create a better world. A plate of food is a plate of hope. It’s the fastest way to rebuild lives and communities.”

Accepting the award from Bezos, Andrés said the money will help WCK expand its mission, from responding to disasters to tackling systemic hunger. He said he wanted to see food aid around the world double and to change the way 3 billion people cook their food, noting that the pandemic and climate changes have left many people in hunger. Andrés will be among the speakers at the 45th Annual Impact Marketing Seminar in September. Wine Spectator has more.Mitch Frank

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