Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that serves chef-prepared meals, will be in Little Rock, Arkansas this weekend delivering grocery boxes to local families.
Mercy Chefs team members and volunteers from New Life Church will be packing hundreds of grocery boxes on Friday, July 14 at New Life Church’s Greater Little Rock location, located at 8000 Crystal Hill Road in North Little Rock. The distribution will take place on Saturday morning, July 15, with teams delivering grocery boxes throughout the area.
The grocery box distribution is a part of the nonprofit’s family grocery box program, called Send Hope Home. Each box includes pantry staples, fresh produce and simple recipes with the ability to make about five meals for a family of four, or twenty meals total.
“Food prices are skyrocketing, and we know grocery bills are creating a hardship on many families throughout the country,” said Gary LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Mercy Chefs. “Our goal with Send Hope Home is to bring families together around their kitchen tables, lower grocery bills and provide opportunities to enjoy a hot meal with loved ones.”
Mercy Chefs partnered with New Life Church most recently to serve the Little Rock community following the tornado that took place this spring.
Mercy Chefs has served nearly 25 million meals since its founding in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane 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 nearly 25 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.