Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that serves chef-prepared meals in national emergencies and natural disasters, has deployed to Whitesburg, Kentucky to provide daily meal service following the devasting flooding in the eastern part of the state.
Mercy Chefs will serve its first meals this evening, July 30, at Letcher County Central High School located at 435 Cougar Drive, Whitesburg, KY 41858. Both lunch and dinner will be served in the days to follow from the same location. In addition, the team will be distributing meals to multiple more rural locations.
The nonprofit’s community kitchen in Paducah, KY has already sprung into action preparing bakery items to transport to the eastern part of the state in the coming days.
“It’s times like this that we feel so blessed to have bases strategically placed across the country,” said Gary LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Mercy Chefs. “With the help of our community kitchen in the western part of the state, we can quickly and efficiently provide support to the families impacted by the flooding. We are committed to serving hot meals—and a helping of hope—to victims and first responders.”
Mercy Chefs has served more than 20 million meals since its founding in 2006 in the aftermath of Katrina when LeBlanc went to New Orleans to volunteer and realized disaster relief could be done better.
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.