Virginia Nonprofit to Serve Professionally Prepared Meals in Wilmington, N.C.

PORTSMOUTH, Va., Sept. 14, 2018 – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based disaster relief and humanitarian aid organizationthat serves professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals in emergencies and natural disasters, will deploy its team of professional chefs to Wilmington, N.C., to feed victims, volunteers and first responders of Hurricane Florence on Saturday.

Mercy Chefs deploying to Hurricane Florence

Mercy Chefs deploys to help first responders, volunteers and victims of Hurricane Florence.

“We have been preparing for Hurricane Florence all week, not knowing whether we would be serving people in our back yard here in Virginia or helping out in North or South Carolina,” said Gary LeBlanc, president and founder of Mercy Chefs. “Our team of professional chefs and volunteers soon will be serving restaurant-quality meals to those in need, hoping to restore their hope and provide comfort at a time when they need it most.”

Mercy Chefs, which recently has responded to the Carr fires (25,000 meals), Houston floods and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, will set up at Life Point Church (3534 S. College Road, Suite A, Wilmington, NC 28412) and begin full meal service Sunday. LeBlanc will lead an experienced team of chefs and volunteers that will work out of two mobile kitchens and also make use of a delivery vehicle and a refrigerated box truck. Mercy Chefs has the capacity to serve 13,000 meals a day as needed.

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


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