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 Mississippi following the destructive tornado that hit Rolling Fork on Friday night.
Mercy Chefs will serve meals and water daily from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Sharkey-Issaquena
Academy, located at 272 Academy Drive in Rolling Fork. The nonprofit plans to serve thousands
of meals each day and will increase meal counts as needed.
The Mercy Chefs team has traveled to the area with a mobile kitchen, refrigerated truck and supporting vehicles. In addition to meal service from Sharkey-Issaquena Academy, Mercy Chefs team members will deliver meals to impacted individuals throughout the area.
“Please join us in keeping this precious small town and all those affected in the tornado’s very wide track in your prayers,” said Gary LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Mercy Chefs. “The Rolling Fork community is suffering, and Mercy Chefs will be here to offer meals, hope and support.”
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.