The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had a busy month, between announcing their pregnancy and their upcoming Oprah interview. But among the many headlines swirling, one philanthropic effort has flown largely under the radar.
In partnership with José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nonprofit Archewell Foundation just completed a community relief center on the island of Dominica—the first in a series in vulnerable areas.
“This partnership brings together World Central Kitchen’s experience in community recovery and empowerment through food and The Duke and Duchess’s passion for supporting compassionate and strong communities,” the Archewell Foundation said via email. The center, whose completion was announced February 24 and was financed by the Archewell Foundation, is intended to function as a community center that can be quickly activated for disaster relief when needed.
As for how the Caribbean island was chosen as the home of this first center, World Central Kitchen CEO Nate Mook says the reasoning was twofold. “The centers are located in regions around the world that are disproportionately impacted by hunger and food system challenges,” says Mook. “In Dominica, which had been hard hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the center is located in [local nonprofit] RezDM’s new Soufriere Primary School.” But the construction also aligned with Dominica’s larger…