Chef José Andrés' team will keep serving free meals to federal employees as they head back to work

US Reps. Joe Kennedy III, left, and Will Hurd, right, work with chef José Andrés to feed federal workers on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, in Washington.

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(CNN)Renowned chef José Andrés and his nonprofit have served millions of free meals to needy Americans after such natural disasters as Hurricane Maria and the California wildfires.

They tackled a new kind of crisis this month in cities across the United States, feeding federal government workers who were furloughed or working without pay during the 35-day partial shutdown.
And though the shutdown ended Friday with a deal that funds affected departments through February 15, Andres announced that his team at World Central Kitchen will continue to provide meals through next week since employees still haven't seen a paycheck.
"We will ... keep cooking hot meals for the next week so that everyone has time to get paid!" Andres tweeted Friday.
    The #ChefsForFeds campaign opened a kitchen and café this month near the White House, then soon expanded to 12 states and Puerto Rico. The effort also offers to-go meals for families, plus essentials like diaper