Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that serves chef-prepared meals in national emergencies and natural disasters, is deploying to Arkansas following the deadly tornadoes that left catastrophic damage.
Mercy Chefs plans to serve meals and water from New Life Church – Greater Little Rock, located at 8000 Crystal Hill Road in North Little Rock. The nonprofit has the capacity to serve thousands of meals each day.
The Mercy Chefs team is traveling to the area with a mobile kitchen, refrigerated truck and supporting vehicles. In addition to meal service from New Life Church, Mercy Chefs team members will deliver meals to impacted individuals throughout the area.
“The tornado that ripped through Little Rock has left a trail of devastation and heartache in its wake,” said Gary LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Mercy Chefs. “We understand the impact a natural disaster of this scale can have on a community and we are committed to serving those in need during this difficult time. Our team is ready to respond to the developing needs of those displaced from this storm, and provide a helping hand, a hot meal and hope to those who have lost so much.”
Mercy Chefs is also currently responding in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. Mercy Chefs team members arrived in Rolling Fork last weekend and began meal service Sunday, March 26.
Mercy Chefs has served more than 24 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 over 24 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.