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 Perryton, Texas following a devastating tornado that left a path of destruction – displacing families and leaving 4,500 residents without power.
The nonprofit will start by serving lunch on Saturday, June 17, from Community Worship Center, located at 2210 Southwest 15th Avenue. In the days to come, the team will serve both lunch and dinner to the community, with a capacity to serve more than 10,000 meals a day while in Perryton.
“We are deeply saddened by the destruction caused by the recent tornado in Texas,” said Gary LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Mercy Chefs. “Our hearts go out to the families who have been displaced and are facing such challenging circumstances. In times like these, a warm meal can make a world of a difference. Mercy Chefs is committed to providing nourishment, comfort and hope to those affected by this tragedy.”
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.