Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that serves chef-prepared meals in national emergencies and natural disasters, has delivered over 2.5 million pounds of food and water since its work on the border of Ukraine began in March to reach refugees following the Russian invasion.
Based in Romania and working alongside international relief partners, Mercy Chefs is serving Ukrainians crossing the border into Romania and for those running out of supplies in Ukraine. Mercy Chefs is regularly delivering food to over 30 locations throughout the two countries, moving 100,000 pounds of food in a typical week. The organization plans to continue the deployment through the end of the year.
“What our team is doing on the ground is making a huge difference and we’re committed to continuing to provide support to individuals in need,” said Gary LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Mercy Chefs. “We feel called to stay on the ground beyond the initial shockwaves to show our commitment to help serve and support the communities impacted by loss of any kind.”
Mercy Chefs was founded in the aftermath of Katrina when LeBlanc went to New Orleans to volunteer and realized disaster relief could be done better. Mercy Chefs has served over 20 million meals since 2006 in response to national and international emergencies and natural disasters.
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 and partners with existing ministries with food service in underserved communities around the country. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over 20 million meals. In 2020, Mercy Chefs founder Gary LeBlanc was recognized by Southern Living Magazine as a “Hometown Hero,” and Mercy Chefs was named the 2020 Small Business of the Year in the nonprofit category by Inside Business and the Hampton Roads Chamber. In 2015, it received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for its service. For more information, visit MercyChefs.com.