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 Maui, Hawaii amid deadly wildfires. Mercy Chefs is partnering with Citizen Church Maui located at 4275 Hine Way in Lahaina to offer meals and resources to those impacted, including community members, first responders and volunteers.
The nonprofit is providing financial support to Citizen Church Maui, enabling the immediate provisioning of resources, including food and supplies, to those in need. Mercy Chefs team members have arrived on the ground and will start serving meals as soon as possible.
In addition to Citizen Church Maui, Mercy Chefs is partnering with a second local church partner, King’s Cathedral Maui, located at 777 Maui Veteran’s Highway in Kahului.
“These wildfires are absolutely devastating – fatalities are rising, power is out across the island and access to food and supplies is gone,” said Gary LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Mercy Chefs. “Several of our team members have family on the island, including the pastor team at Citizen Church Maui, and we are committed to offering them and their beloved community support in any way we can. Our team is anticipating a significant and growing response as the larger needs
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.