Jamie Oliver Feels Really Bad About Huntington, W.V. Losing Its Funding


Earlier this year came the sad news: Without celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution, the town of Huntington, West Virginia, was done for. At least, its healthy-food-focused Huntington’s Kitchen, the school that Oliver founded when he came to film his show in the town, was. U.S. Foodservice, one of the country’s largest food distributors, had pulled the $25,000 it pledged to fund the school. Now, the Naked Chef says he’s none too happy about it.

Oliver tells YumSugar:

I’m surprised that such a big organization couldn’t fund such a cheap thing, because they’d sort of promised they would. I’m a bit upset because U.S. Foods is such a massive company. [The good news is] Doug Shields, who runs Cabell County Hospital, has continued funding the kitchen without any of our intervention, which means that we set up a good, sustainable, reasonable relationship. … He’s doing fund-raising to find the missing cash that would replace what U.S. Foodservice would do. … I’m hoping that we’ll get U.S. Foodservice back.

Maybe the question should be, what would happen with his intervention? Or should we say, re-intervention.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 5, 2011


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