Your Miami HEAT has partnered with World Central Kitchen (WCK) and Direct Relief to provide support to affected communities in Southwest Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The HEAT and the Micky & Madeleine Arison Family Foundation have donated $1,000,000, including $500,000 to WCK, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies over time. crisis and beyond, and $500,000 to Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization whose mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.

“In South Florida, we know all too well the lasting effects of such a powerful storm,” said Eric Woolworth, president of business operations for HEAT Group. “Understanding that the aftermath of Hurricane Ian will last for months, if not years, we hope the services provided by World Central Kitchen and Direct Relief will help our neighbors in Southwest Florida get back on their feet. “

WCK is currently serving nutritious meals to communities between Tampa and Naples, including Port Charlotte, Cape Coral and Fort Myers, at several hospitals in Lee County, Sanibel and Pine Islands and other severely affected areas. Within hours of the storm’s passage, WCK prepared and distributed more than 800,000 meals and continues to show up daily to feed the hardest hit communities.

Direct Relief continues to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Ian across the state of Florida. The organization is currently coordinating several rapid response medical aid shipments across the state and will continue to respond to requests in the days and weeks ahead. Since the storm made landfall, Direct Relief has delivered more than 130 emergency shipments of medicine and supplies to approximately 60 health facilities in affected areas. Items sent included emergency medical backpacks, insulin, tetanus shots, chronic disease medications, hygiene kits and other over-the-counter and prescription medications.

About the central cuisine of the world

Founded in 2010 by chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) has created a new model of disaster response by helping devastated communities recover and build resilient food systems. WCK has served more than 50 million fresh meals to people affected by natural disasters and other crises around the world in countries including the Bahamas, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Venezuela and the United States . WCK’s resilience programs in the Caribbean and Central America have trained hundreds of chefs and school cooks, advanced clean cooking practices, and provided grants to farms, fisheries, and small food businesses while providing training and networking opportunities. Learn more about

Direct Relief is a humanitarian organization committed to improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Direct Relief provides lifesaving medical resources worldwide to communities in need, regardless of politics, religion or ability to pay. For more information, please visit

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