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Help in the Wake of Hurricane Idalia
Mercy Chefs mobilizes volunteers to help Florida in the wake of Hurricane Idalia…
Brief but Spectacular
Louisiana struggles to recover from Hurricane Laura.
What Comfort Food Means to Me
Mercy Chefs Serving Meals in Tornado-Ravaged Mississippi
Joel Cauley, Director of Church Partnerships, talks about how they are serving the people of Mississippi.
Hope and a Hot Meal in Maui
They have been busy cooking and feeding hundreds of people.
Mercy Chefs Founded in 2006 by Gary LeBlanc
Chef Gary LeBlanc
Founder and CEO of Mercy Chefs
After 35 years in the hotel restaurant business, Gary LeBlanc unexpectedly discovered his passion while volunteering during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was there in his hometown of New Orleans that Gary first saw the incredible difference that a hot meal can make, but as a volunteer he was surprised and outraged by the quality of food being served.
Though the victims and first responders were grateful for every meal, there was little to no food safety being practiced by the other relief agencies. It was all about fast, cheap and quantity. In the months following his efforts in Louisiana, Gary became inspired to the point of distraction by the idea of excellent food service in a disaster zone.
It was this spark of inspiration that led to the 2006 founding of Mercy Chefs, a national, faith-based nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that serves high quality professionally prepared meals to victims, first responders and volunteers in natural disasters and national emergencies. For 16 years now, Gary has led Mercy Chefs into more than 30 states across the country and 13 countries around the world, serving nearly 25 million meals since 2006. As Mercy Chefs’ reach expands, Gary consistently remains committed to his original mission to “Just go feed people.”
Co-founder and President of Mercy Chefs
Advocating for nutritious meals and supporting families in need aren’t new to Ann LeBlanc, who felt a call to dedicate her life to service after her very first deployment with Mercy Chefs to Conklin, N.Y., in 2006. Now, 150 disasters and 16 years later, Ann continues to serve as the heartbeat and grounding force of the Mercy Chefs team, always there to lend a helping hand and a hot meal to those in need.
Prior to joining Mercy Chefs full time two years ago, Ann gained 25 years combined experience at The Christian Broadcasting Network and Regent University in executive-level leadership in fundraising, event planning and marketing. Over the years, she has honed those skills to help Mercy Chefs skyrocket to new heights.
Ann embodies the essence of advocacy in everything she does. In her role at Mercy Chefs, Ann’s passion and commitment can be seen and felt by the people she serves. Whether she’s serving meals to single moms, elderly shut-ins, immigrant families or the newly unemployed, Ann always goes above and beyond – prioritizing the soul and story behind people and meeting individuals where they are.
August 30, 2023
Nonprofit will start meal service August 31 in Hurricane Idalia’s aftermath 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 Live Oak, Florida to provide relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia. With a fleet of…Read More
August 10, 2023
The nonprofit is partnering with local church partners to offer food and resources 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…Read More
July 13, 2023
Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that serves chef-prepared meals, will be in Little Rock, Arkansas this weekend delivering grocery boxes to local families. Mercy Chefs team members and volunteers from New Life Church will be packing hundreds of grocery boxes on Friday, July 14 at…Read More
June 21, 2023
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…Read More
June 16, 2023
Nonprofit plans to begin meal service in Perryton tomorrow 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…Read More