Monday, 23 January 2017 16:36

Professional Chefs Cooking Hot Meals for Hattiesburg Tornado Victims

Mercy Chefs Help with Deployment

PORTSMOUTH, VA, January 23, 2017 | | – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization has deployed their team of professional chefs to feed thousands in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and the surrounding areas.

Sunday, the relief group left from their Dallas and Oklahoma bases with one of their state-of-the-art mobile kitchens and a refrigerated trailer in tow, headed for the disaster zone. The team arrived onsite late in the evening yesterday. Today, their chefs will begin serving restaurant quality meals daily for victims, first responders and volunteers.

The Mayor of Hattiesburg, Johnny DuPree, and the Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, have declared a state of emergency and have requested rescue and recovery aid from all available agencies. The tornado caused an estimated $200 million in damages, leaving four dead and twenty injured in its path. The need for relief is widespread and urgent.

Mercy Chefs’ mobile kitchen is stationed at Venue Church located at: 127 Buschman St. Hattiesburg, MS 39401. The organization is hoping to open two remote locations – one near downtown and another near William Carey University. Meal times will be posted on the organization’s Facebook page.

For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit


Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies and partners with existing ministries with food service in underserved communities around the country. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service.


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