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Jeremy Hansen launches fundraiser for 509 Cooks

Chef Jeremy Hansen models a Spokane Cooks for Puerto Rico sweatshirt in the dining room of Inland Pacific Kitchen, one of his downtown Spokane restaurants. Proceeds will go toward meals for victims of Hurricane Maria. Christmas Day is the last day to order apparel for the fundraiser. (Adriana Janovich / The Spokesman-Review)
Chef Jeremy Hansen models a Spokane Cooks for Puerto Rico sweatshirt in the dining room of Inland Pacific Kitchen, one of his downtown Spokane restaurants. Proceeds will go toward meals for victims of Hurricane Maria. Christmas Day is the last day to order apparel for the fundraiser. (Adriana Janovich / The Spokesman-Review)

Jeremy Hansen has launched a Facebook fundraiser for 509 Cooks.

The Spokane chef and restaurateur is hoping to raise $10,000 to help launch the nonprofit, which he describes as “a culinary first-responder to people in need in natural disasters” as well as other “critical conditions.” It builds on his volunteer work last fall and earlier this year in Puerto Rico.

“I want to be a finger to the World Central Kitchen’s hand,” he said. “I’m not competing with them; I’m just a finger to their hand.”

World Central Kitchen, founded in 2010 by chef José Andrés, aims to create “smart solutions to hunger and poverty,” according to its website at www.worldcentralkitchen.org. Hansen worked alongside the organization in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and was inspired.

So far, 18 people have contributed more than $3,000 to help fund his local effort, which aims to do similar kinds of work.

“We cook & share the reality & struggle through our experience locally and worldly. Please share & stay aware and help those in need of a hot, healthy meal when in crises,” Hansen wrote on the Facebook fundraiser page. “Want to join me in supporting a good cause? I’m raising money for 509Cooks, and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.”

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