Mercy Chefs Responding in Moss Point, Mississippi

Meal service will begin this evening with dinner

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 Moss Point, Mississippi after a tornado damaged the community and displaced families. The deployment comes as the nonprofit is also responding in Perryton, Texas following a devastating tornado that left a path of destruction –leaving 4,500 residents without power.

The nonprofit will begin meal service today, Wednesday, June 21, from 4329 McInnis Avenue in Moss Point, a site in the heart of the damage in the parking lot between City Hall and the local recreation center. Mercy Chefs will serve dinner this evening and will continue meal service in the days to follow.

This is not the first time that Mercy Chefs has responded to multiple natural disasters at the same time, something that the nonprofit is able to do because of mobile kitchens and team members and volunteers strategically located throughout the country.

“Each disaster we respond to impacts our team, but this tornado hits particularly close to home for us,” said Gary LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Mercy Chefs. “Moss Point is the hometown of our director of church partnerships, Joel Cauley, and we feel fortunate to be in a position to reach his community. I’ll arrive to Moss Point today with other Mercy Chefs team members to get set up so we can start getting meals out to community members in need.”

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.

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Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization
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