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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20 : Employees work to create to- go donation meals for a company called Collective Fare on May 20, 2020 in the Brownsville neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. Collective Fare works with World Central Kitchen to get raw ingredients that they cook into gourmet meals. New York City is currently in its ninth week of lockdown with non-essential businesses still closed. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Supporting local businesses has never been so important during the COVID-19 shutdown. However, one charity is putting restaurants back to work by simply feeding hungry people.

World renown Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen (WCK) organization have donated $50 million to restaurants across the country, according to the Washington Post.

WCK’s “Restaurants for the People” program covers the costs for over one million meals prepared by over 400 restaurants, according to its about page. Averaging about $10 per meal.

For one restaurant in Oakland they’re “serving anywhere from 200 to 500 meals a day, and growing, to vulnerable populations and first responders,” said Reem Assil, owner of a Middle Eastern Bakery.

WCK’s initiative is not only paying restaurants for feeding the hungry, but they’re also jump-starting restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown.

“Restaurants for the People” allows restaurants to pay its bills, employees and even hire more staff during the crisis. Chef José Andrés and WCK chief executive Nate Mook see this program as a model for government leaders to expand similar programs or fund their program.

“Our hope is that we can show that this works and get the powers that be, in our state governments and our federal governments, to recognize that this is a solution,” said Mook, in a Washington Post interview. “We have people we need to feed. We have restaurants that we need to put back to work, and we’re showing that this is doable, that it’s scalable.”