Mercy Chefs Ready to Serve 18,000 Meals a Day to Those Impacted by Hurricane Michael in Panama City

Mercy Chefs Ready to Serve 18,000 Meals a Day to Those Impacted by Hurricane Michael in Panama City

By | 2018-10-15T11:51:41+00:00 October 14th, 2018|Humanitarian, Press Releases|

PORTSMOUTH, Va., Oct. 14, 2018 – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that serves professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals in emergencies and natural disasters, has deployed its team of professional chefs to Panama City, Florida to feed victims, volunteers and first responders of Hurricane Michael. Mercy Chefs has the capacity to serve 18,000 meals a day as needed.

“We’ve been keeping a close eye on Hurricane Michael, and we started our pre-deployment process at the beginning of the week,” said Gary LeBlanc, president and founder of Mercy Chefs. “Our team of professional chefs and volunteers will be serving restaurant-quality meals beginning this evening to those in need, hoping to restore their hope and provide comfort at a time when they need it most.”

Mercy Chefs, which recently responded to Hurricane Florence, the Carr fires, Houston floods and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, will set up at Destiny Church in Panama City Beach and begin meal service with dinner today. LeBlanc will lead an experienced team of chefs and volunteers who will work out of two mobile kitchens and make use a delivery vehicle and a refrigerated box truck. Mercy Chefs is bringing its largest mobile kitchen from Virginia to Florida today which will serve as a second relief site. The location of that site is to be determined.

Follow Mercy Chefs’ Facebook page for the latest updates on its relief efforts in Panama City.


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 more than 1.75 million meals, and in 2015 it received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for its service. For more information, visit

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.