Chef Jose Andres, a Spanish American restauranteur, is being called a hero for feeding refugees fleeing the Ukraine invasion. Working with his non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen, Andres set up mobile kitchens to provide hot meals on the Ukraine-Poland border.

The chef won a $100 million grant from Jeff Bezos in 2021 for his humanitarian efforts, according to NBC News, and he is using that money to help feed the Ukrainian refugees.

Posting an emotional Twitter video, Chef Jose Andres said that “it is below freezing tonight & I am meeting so many refugees, families who are escaping & don’t know what’s next.”

“We will do our best not to let them down,” he stated.

The 52-year-old, who gained his fame cooking in Washington D.C. restaurants such as Jaleo, Cafe Atlantico, Zaytinya and Oyamel, later starred in his own Spanish cooking show Vamos a Cocinar.

He formed World Central Kitchen after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, providing food for families and individuals affected by disaster. According to Eater, the organization has provided meals in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Cuba, Uganda, and Cambodia, before arriving in Poland to help Ukrainian refugees.

“Food cannot wait,” Chef Jose Andres told TODAY‘s Al Roker after Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans in 2021. “People must eat today, not next week, not next month.”

Posting on Instagram, the non-profit revealed that they have served over 8,000 meals so far, including soup, chicken stew, and apple pie. In just 18 hours of settling down in Medyka, Poland, NBC News reported that they served 4,000 meals in 18 hours.

The organization has also partnered with Caritas nuns and local restaurants who are running food across the border into Ukraine. Chef Aleksander Yourz, who Jose Andres introduced on Twitter, has cooked 1,000 meals at Yourz Space Bistro for Ukrainians fighting in Odessa.

He also shared that Sasha & Vitalii, two chefs from Poland living in Ukraine, were cooking for refugees at a food truck called Oh My Ramen! outside of an Accommodation Center.

“People of the World… Like you, I am distraught watching Ukraine under attack,” Chef Jose Andres stated. “We must come together as a force for good!”

“We see that the international Red Cross is putting together shelters,” he continued. “We already see that Polish people are already feeding people as they cross the border. We are seeing people in Ukraine taking care of people and doing the best they can under the circumstances.”

Chef Jose Andres on the Ukraine-Poland border feeding refugees with World Central Kitchen
Chef Jose Andres on the Ukraine-Poland border feeding refugees with World Central Kitchen. Photo Credit: Jose Andres / Twitter

In 2015, Chef Jose Andres and the World Central Kitchen won the National Endowment for the Humanities Award and in 2018 he won the James Beard Humanitarian Award. He was one of TIME‘s “100 most influential people” in 2018, and was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

“This award itself cannot feed the world on its own,” Andres said at the time. “But this is the start of a new chapter for us. It will allow us to think beyond the next hurricane to the bigger challenges we face.”

“We will be there with our boots on the ground when disaster strikes,” he continued. “But we will shoot for the stars, fighting hunger and the causes of hunger.”

According to AP News, the United Nation estimated that 500,000 refugees have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.

On Monday morning, Russia and Ukraine met for peace talks on the Belarus border, but were reportedly unproductive, NBC News reported.

“My citizens are paying the ultimate price to defend freedom,” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the European Parliament. “Ukrainians are incredible and very often we like to say that we will win over everyone. I am very happy that you can see that.”