Mercy Chefs is a non-profit, faith based, charitable organization committed to serving high quality professionally prepared meals, during local, state and national disasters and emergencies.
Mercy Chefs shows Christian compassion and hospitality by serving victims, first responders and volunteers. To accomplish this we utilize state of the art mobile kitchens and organizational resources that stand ready for rapid response deployments.
We train church based volunteer groups in support of this mission, engage Christian hospitality industry professionals as Mercy Chefs and have developed strategic alliances with supporting government and non-government agencies.
We also partner with other faith-based organizations. We come along side them to provide a food services element that supports their area of expertise. These well-established partnerships provide devastated communities temporary and on-going disaster relief at various levels.
We are dedicated to exemplifying Christian compassion and mercy while conforming to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. We have Professional Mercy Chefs in Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma North Carolina and Arizona. We also have a volunteer army located throughout the country.
The vision for Mercy Chefs was born while R. Gary LeBlanc was leading a mobile kitchen on its maiden voyage in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Feeding people who had lost everything became his passion and calling.
Mercy Chefs is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit.
Year in Review
In 2012, we served over 150,000 meals following the disasters in Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana and New York. We also have a continuing meal service operation in Haiti where we served an additional 100,000 meals to the very impoverished people there.
This was our busiest year ever! And I believe that in 2013, the need for Mercy Chefs' response teams will increase even more.
Our goal for Mercy Chefs in 2013 is to be ready to deploy more quickly and effectively when disaster strikes. We have very doable plans in place to see that our goal is reached in the first quarter of the coming year.
We need your support once again to have the kitchens, food supplies and equipment needed to mobilize rapidly. Our goal is to raise $90,000 by the end of the March so we are deployment ready and go feed people in the midst of disaster!
Note from Gary
In December we were honored that Wal Mart announced that Mercy Chefs was among a dozen disaster relief organizations from across the country to be honored for "helping individuals and families get back on their feet after natural disasters."
In all, Walmart received more than 21,000 nominations for its "12 Days Of Giving" campaign. What a great honor and privilege to be recognized by the Walmart Foundation for the work you made possible through Mercy Chefs this year!
Because of you, Mercy Chefs has been able to respond to disasters and provide tens of thousands of hot meals to victims and volunteers.
In very practical terms, your financial support made it possible for me to mobilize our kitchens and reach more people than in any year in our history.
This award from Walmart would not have happened without the faithful partnership of friends like you.
Mercy Chefs is featured in the January 28th edition of Women's World Magazine. They followed Mercy Chefs during its disaster relief efforts in New York after Hurricane Sandy. Pick up a copy!