Pelosi Pitches In As Celebrity Chef José Andrés Helps Feed National Guard in DC

Thousands of National Guard troops have been guarding the U.S. Capitol since the Jan. 6 domestic terrorist riot and more are on the way. In all there could be 25,000 troops deployed to Washington, D.C., in the coming days to safeguard the city during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Images of some of them sleeping on the cold marble floors of the Capitol and nearby Congressional office buildings have widely circulated, prompting calls for them to be provided with cots to help ease their multi-day deployment.

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Those National Guard troops and other first responders also have to eat, but with many District restaurants either shut down or operating at limited capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic feeding them has proven to be a challenge.

Until, that is, D.C.-area resident, celebrity chef and founder of World Central Kitchen José Andrés stepped up to provide thousands of hot meals. World Central Kitchen works around the globe to end hunger and regularly responds to natural and man-made disasters that cause food insecurity. Andrés operates three restaurants in downtown Washington and is considered a local hero.

On Saturday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) helped by handing out meals to the troops. “Today, it was my honor to join @chefjoseandres and @WCKitchen to provide meals to our heroic National Guard troops who are keeping our Congressional community safe.”

The previous day Andrés tweeted that his team had just finished delivering “hot stews to some of the National Guard & others on this rainy night in DC. I know there’s a lot of concern about the Guard…but our city & many restaurants are making sure everyone is taken care of!”

On Sunday Andrés revealed today’s menu: beef bourguignon, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli and fresh fruit and cookies from two D.C. bakeries. He also had this message.

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