After Hurricane Maria, Manolo López moved to Puerto Rico to feed people in need.
“We saw that a lot of the restaurants were trying to start up again, and there were a lot of organizations just cooking without being mindful that these restaurants weren’t being able to be self-sufficient anymore,” he explained. “So now the train of thought was, ok, how can we continue to bring food to all these areas that still don’t have power, still don’t have water, but at the same time, figure out a grant system of some sort of incentive that we can give to the local restaurants, so they can cook the food and we can just deliver it.”
López is a Puerto Rican chef and designer, best known for his pop-up restaurant in NYC called MofonGo. After Hurricane Maria, he returned back home to help and has been there for the past six months. The funds from the Cosa Nuestra Relief Fund, which he founded, are used to pay local restaurants to prepare meals. Then the food is delivered to people in need.
The program helps restaurants get back on their feet and feeds people in devastated areas at the same time. So far, they have fed thousands of people and are regularly working with more than 10 local restaurants.