Professional Chefs Deploy to Feed Flood Victims in West Virginia
PORTSMOUTH, VA, June 25, 2016 – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief organization is deploying their team of professional chefs to bring relief to victims, volunteers and first responders of the severe flooding in West Virginia. The team is scheduled to arrive on site Saturday with their mobile kitchen and refrigerated trailer.
This flood is being labeled a 1,000-year event with the Elkview River cresting yesterday at a record high of 33.37 feet. Governor Tomblin has officially declared a state of emergency. Already twenty deaths have occurred as a result of this historic flooding. Homes have been washed away completely. Hundreds of residents are stranded, and water rescues are still underway. Thousands more remain without electricity and water.
Mercy Chefs’ kitchen is self-sustaining and can continue operation without the provision of outside power or potable water. The mobile response unit will be stationed at Bethesda Church located at 232 Bob White Lane in White Sulfur Springs serving professionally prepared meals to anyone in need. Meal service will begin with Saturday’s dinner at the earliest and Sunday lunch at the latest.
The situation is constantly evolving. Updates will be posted on Mercy Chefs’ Facebook page.
ABOUT MERCY CHEFS: Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service.
CONTACT MERCY CHEFS: Request an Interview Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc is available for video and audio interviews. Phone: 877-746-9322 Ext.700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: mercychefs.com