About

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 1,750,000 meals - an average of 436 meals every day for eleven years! We now have three mobile kitchens and two refrigerated trailers and are able to respond across the United States, as well as, abroad.

Just 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.

And thanks to our staff, volunteers and generous friend like you, we can provide a hot, chef-prepared meal to a disaster victim or volunteer for about $2.50. 

Our Community-Centric Model

The first goal in relief work should be to do no harm. The second goal should be to meet the need. Since our founding, Mercy Chefs has intentionally constructed and refined our community centric model to achieve both.

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.

Please take the opportunity as I did all those years ago; volunteer or partner with us and see what God will do.
Gary LeBlanc
Founder, Mercy Chefs