The Washington Nationals and Michelin star chef José Andrés are partnering to turn Nationals Park into a community kitchen to help feed the hungry through World Central Kitchen. Tuesday marked the first day that the stadium re-opened during what was supposed to be the 2020 MLB season.
According to a release, Nationals Park is uniquely suited to large-scale food production and is located in the heart of an at-risk community. The Nationals worked with their landlord, Events DC, to obtain permission to have several kitchens within the ballpark available for use by World Central Kitchen.
“We didn’t have Opening Day, but I think all the Nationals fans they should be proud,” José Andrés, a DC native, said in a video. “This is like Opening Day. Today we open the stadium to feed those in need and that we all should be so proud. Thank you again, Nationals.”
Tuesday was the first day of operations and 1,000 meals were produced and distributed. Once fully ramped up, José Andrés expects his team to produce tens of thousands of meals for the hungry every day.