Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based disaster relief and humanitarian aid group achieved a huge milestone this month after serving its 10 millionth meal. This non-profit initiative was established after the wrath of Hurricane Katrina and it has served quality meals to victims and first responders in 10 countries and 26 states ever since.
So far, it has responded to over 134 disasters. This non-profit has served out 7 million meals with the help of volunteers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the humanitarian aid group deployed to Dallas, Texas and has started serving meals to residents. Severe cold weather has left several people in the area without food, electricity, or water.
When our friends at Gateway Church called to ask for our help, we immediately said ‘yes. We’ve now transported our commercial-grade resources, including industrial power generators and water filtration systems, to serve the residents of the Dallas/Fort Worth area as they recover from this vicious winter storm.Mercy Chefs
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Gary LeBlanc, the founder of Mercy Chefs said that he was spurred to action by what he witnessed in his hometown of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He explained that the devastation was so much and widespread. Then he realized how a hot meal could make an incredible difference.
He further revealed that he was disturbed by the quality of food they served in the disaster zone. Now Mercy Chefs has two refrigerated trailers and three mobile kitchens.
To hit this milestone–10 million meals–is simply remarkable. This past year has been devastating for so many people, and we feel blessed to have been able to play a small role in bringing people comfort through food. We could not have gotten here without our incredible staff, volunteers, and donors answering the call to serve others.LeBlanc