Altruist Relief Kitchen (ARK) is a grassroots disaster relief organization providing free hot meals, filtered water, and basic medical care for the lowest income communities affected by natural disasters in the USA.
• Innovative Design
Each piece of the collapsible custom kitchen, water system, and medical unit is built out of recycled materials by volunteers, including the light-weight, inexpensive, and super-durable giant shelters they are set up in.
• Radical Efficiency
Our all-volunteer crew lives on site, has every piece of necessary equipment, can cook on wood-burning stoves, purify local water, and expand the facility with recycled materials. This low overhead means we can cook and distribute meals for a tiny fraction of the cost per-person of any other large organization.
• Radical Transparency
By frequently posting clear and concise videos of everything we do that include verifiable images of every donation and receipt, donors can track exactly how each contribution is used.
• Volunteer Coordination
In addition to our dozen full time crew, we have an extensive network of volunteers around the country who reliably respond to any ARK project. ARK volunteers share their ideas in our consensus-based round-table process, and they save money by receiving free food and on-site lodging.
2017 YEAR END REPORT:
An underlying idea is that the ARK model can be the foundation of any large aid project, because of the need to provide food, water, medicine, sanitation and shelter before any project can begin, and often as the primary objective. As such, our goal is to use the ARK model to implement or improve many different kinds of aid projects around the world, while also continuing to provide disaster relief for the lowest income communities in the USA. ARK will be particularly effective as a refugee camp for example, providing education and empowerment along with the necessities of existence.