On Monday, our Virginia community kitchen served its 100,000th meal since the beginning of this coronavirus crisis.
Later today, we will reach a total of 300,000 Mercy Chefs meals -- including the meal box distribution and our response to the Chattanooga tornado -- since this crisis began. It makes me think of these words from Ephesians...
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..." --Ephesians 3:20
When this crisis started, we asked the Lord to use Mercy Chefs and our team members across the country to make a difference. We started with our Virginia community kitchen. Before we knew it, that one kitchen was serving 1,000 then 2,000 then 3,000 meals every day, and the meals were going out across about a 100-mile region. The numbers have continued to escalate. This week, our Virginia kitchen will serve 15,000 meals.
+ + Thousands rely on us every day...
Almost immediately after the stay-home shutdown began, my phone started ringing. It feels like it hasn't stopped since! We knew we had to find a way to multiply what Mercy Chefs was doing so we could help communities across the country. That's when our meal box distribution program was born. Thus far, Mercy Chefs has been able to bring real relief through this meal program to distribution points from South Carolina to Florida to Texas and all the way to Hawaii.
But since so many doors have opened and we have been able to deliver real relief to hundreds of thousands, our work moving forward is even more critical. Thousands every day are relying on Mercy Chefs! This week alone, we'll provide over 35,000 meals. We could easily double that if we had the resources. But just keeping up with our current demand is proving to be more and more of a challenge!
So I'm turning to our dear friends like you once again. Between now and the end of the month, I expect Mercy Chefs will deliver another 85,000-90,000 meals. I need a friend like you to partner with us for each meal.
Will you help?
Would you sponsor five, 10, 20, or even 50 or 100 meals THIS WEEK for suffering families and shut-in seniors during this coronavirus crisis? Go here to make your tax-deductible gift directly to Mercy Chefs to help with this and other efforts:
It would have been impossible for a small organization like Mercy Chefs to have planned to provide over 300,000 meals in such a short time. This massive effort has challenged us in every possible way. We've had to refine and even in many ways redefine how we prepare and deliver meals due to the virus threat. Our human and financial resources have been stretched in every way possible. But every day, we wake up and thank God for the opportunity to help thousands of people.
You have my pledge that our entire Mercy Chefs team will work every day to reach the most people in the best possible way -- knowing that God will take your gifts and our efforts and do "immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine"!
Thank you for your prayers. And thanks in advance for your ongoing financial partnership.
God bless you,
P.S. Here's what we served moms as part of our special Mother's Day meals. Our team takes great care to present the highest quality meals to those in need. Thanks for making this possible! Go here to help.