Our mission: Just Go Feed People

Mercy Chefs is a faith-based, non-profit disaster relief organization. We exist to serve professionally prepared meals for victims, volunteers and first responders in national emergencies and natural disasters and are committed to using our resources to meet the needs of others.

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Our Community Centric Model

We work with existing organizations within the community to maximize our joint efforts and to strengthen the community itself.

We work with existing organizations within the community to maximize our joint efforts and to strengthen the community itself. Our focus is not solely placed on our immediate impact.

By partnering with local organizations and volunteers our work can continue long after the Mercy Chefs’ team and truck departs. In instances where we retain a permanent presence in an area, we do so by providing locals with the necessary equipment and materials and by training them to staff and maintain operations.

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Local churches

Local churches and Christian organizations become the hub for our emergency deployments and community outreaches. We work in partnership with these organizations to maximize the long term impact of our work and to highlight their existing ministries as a beacon of hope for the community.

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Mercy Chefs Kitchen

Mercy Chefs sets up our mobile kitchen, refrigerated trailer and team of professional chefs on site to plan, prepare and serve restaurant quality meals for the community members in need. Our experience and mass service capabilities increase the work able to be accomplished by our local partners.

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Local volunteers

Local volunteers come alongside Mercy Chefs and our local ministry partners to help meet the need within their own community. Their service creates a lasting connection between the volunteer, those we serve and our local partners. This connection strengthens the bond within the community and helps volunteers get plugged in to long term ministries.

Gary LeBlanc

Founder and President

Welcome to Mercy Chefs and thank you for taking a moment to look into our ministry. When I founded Mercy Chefs in 2006 I could have never imagined all that God would do through us.

At the time, I was broken by what I had witnessed while volunteering in my hometown of New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The devastation was so intense and widespread. Lives were completely disrupted. The community was in ruins. In New Orleans, I saw first hand the incredible difference a hot meal could make, but with thirty-five years in the hospitality industry under my belt, I was surprised and outraged by the quality of food being served.

I knew something more could be done and became inspired to the point of distraction by the idea of serving high quality food in a disaster zone. Little did I know how far that distraction would lead. To date we have served over 2,000,000 meals! We now have three mobile kitchens and two refrigerated trailers and are able to respond across the United States, as well as, abroad. Please take the opportunity as I did all those years ago. Volunteer or partner with us and see what God will do.

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