Yesterday was our first day of distribution from our new "Farmers to Families" base of operations on the Florida Panhandle, where cars were lining up for food. We'll be reaching thousands of families in Panama City and extending all the way out into neighboring states.
We also just started food distributions in Puerto Rico, where we are working with our long-time church partners who have served with us ever since Hurricane Maria struck the island back in the Fall of 2017. Yesterday alone, we distributed 29,400 pounds of meat, vegetables and fruit -- providing a much-needed blessing to hundreds of families who have been impacted by the current global crisis.
All this is in addition to other ongoing efforts such as our Famers to Families outreach in Oklahoma that continues to reach thousands upon thousands every day, as well as our community kitchen in Virginia that only seems to see more and more demand. Plus, meal boxes are going out in communities extending from Florida to the island of Maui.
It is quite possible that this will be one of the busiest weeks in Mercy Chefs history as we reach hundreds of thousands of people. And we urgently need friends like you to partner with us!
With so many doors of outreach opening to us right now, we face the serious challenge of keeping pace with the growing need. In our history, we have never seen such an urgent level of need in so many communities.
I want to do even more, but we must be faithful to serve the people the Lord has brought before us already!
Tens of thousands are relying on Mercy Chefs right now. Your gift TODAY will help us reach hungry children, hurting families, and elderly shut-ins THIS WEEK!
Thanks in advanced, and God bless!
Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
P.S. At every opportunity, we are making sure families receive they need for nutritious meals -- meat, vegetables, fruits, and other components (below, you can see one of the food boxes we distributed yesterday in Puerto Rico). I wish you could see the faces of the folks you are helping. People are often stunned that they are receiving such high-quality food that will enable them to put real, nutritious meals on the table for their families. We need help THIS WEEK as we reach tens or even hundreds of thousands of people. Go here to help, and thanks in advance!