OUR STORY

Every great organization begins with a turning point moment that calls us to action. Learn more about where our story began and why we continue to just go feed people.

Mercy Chefs

MISSION STATEMENT

Mercy Chefs is a faith-based, non-profit disaster and humanitarian relief organization. We exist to provide professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals to victims, volunteers, and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies, and we partner with existing like-minded organizations to further their mission by providing food service in underserved communities across the country.

The Mercy Chefs Way

Something Amazing Happens Over a Shared Meal

The first goal in relief work should be to do no harm. The second goal should be to meet the need.

Connection

When people share a meal together, a personal connection is formed on the most basic level, and it serves as a reminder of our shared humanity.

Nutrition

So many of our guests are in shock from traumatic events or suffering from low nutrition due to poverty. We provide them with a nutritious home-cooked meal to help fuel their bodies.

Restoration of Normalcy

For just a moment, our guests can forget about the disruptive events in their lives and be reminded of the small routines that create a sense of normalcy.

Rest

Our guests are given the opportunity to enjoy a meal specially prepared for them and served with love.

Comfort

The compassion shown by our team of professional chefs and volunteers reminds our guests that someone cares for them and brings comfort to their hurting hearts.

Chef Gary & Ann LeBlanc

MEET THE FOUNDERS

Chef Gary & Ann LeBlanc founded Mercy Chefs in 2006 after the devastation & massive impact that Hurricane Katrina left on Chef Gary’s hometown of New Orleans. Gary, being a Louisiana native, felt compelled for the first time in his life to volunteer. At the time, he was broken by what I witnessed in his hometown of New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The devastation was so intense and widespread. Lives were completely disrupted and the community was in ruins. After Katrina, he saw first-hand the incredible difference a hot meal could make, but after thirty-five years in the hospitality industry, Chef Gary was surprised and outraged by the quality of food being served.
Gary knew something more needed to be done, and the idea of serving high-quality, chef-prepared meals in a disaster zone occupied his mind for months afterwards. Soon after, Mercy Chefs was born. Gary and his wife Ann have been serving side by side for over 16 years since the Lord called them to “feed people; just go feed people.” From disaster zones across the country and around the world to serving people right in their own backyard, Mercy Chefs has already served over 20 million meals, with many more to come.

OUR TEAM

Without the people to serve, our efforts are useless. Mercy Chefs is more than an organization, it’s a family.