Professional Chefs head into Florida bringing relief for victims of Hurricane Irma

Professional Chefs head into Florida bringing relief for victims of Hurricane Irma

PORTSMOUTH, VA, September 11, 2017 | | – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization has deployed a third team of professional chefs to feed victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Today, the relief group is driving into the state from their pre-staged location in Alabama. Their convoy consists of ten team members, their largest mobile kitchen, a refrigerated trailer packed with 24,000 meals, two RV command centers, and a Kubota. Mercy Chefs is prepared to carry out a large scale response.

Mercy Chefs will base their operations at Living Waters Church in Bonita Springs in order to serve both Lee and Collier Counties, which were identified by State Emergency Management as the areas of greatest need. The team expects to serve between seven and ten thousand meals daily from their site in Florida.

While the organization begins this new deployment to aid victims of Hurricane Irma, two Mercy Chefs’ teams remain stationed in Rockport and Houston, Texas continuing relief efforts for residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Already, Mercy Chefs has served over 100,000 meals in Texas.

Mercy Chefs’ Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc will be available to provide live updates and interviews from his location in Florida. Mercy Chefs’ will continue to update their Facebook page with more information, as the situation unfolds.

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 1,500,000 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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By | 2017-09-12T12:31:00+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Nonprofit, Press Releases|

About the Author:

Principally focused on providing disaster relief, our team regularly responds to national emergencies and natural disasters at home and abroad. In addition to emergency response, we make use of our equipment skills and volunteers by meeting existing needs within urban communities, establishing permanent kitchens in places with ongoing hardship, and installing water purification systems for communities without access to potable water. Chef Gary LeBlanc is founder and President of Mercy Chefs, a non-profit providing professionally prepared meals to victims, first responders and volunteers in natural disaster & national emergency.