Professional Chefs to Feed Thousands of At-risk Students During Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout

Professional Chefs to Feed Thousands of At-risk Students During Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout

By | 2018-04-02T18:06:18+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Nonprofit, Press Releases|

CLAREMORE, OK, April 2, 2018 | | – Mercy Chefs, a national, disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization is onsite in Rogers County, Oklahoma and is prepared to feed 2,500 at-risk students for the duration of the week. Schools in Rogers County will not be serving breakfast or lunch during the teachers’ walkout leaving the 52% of students in the county, who rely upon school meals for their nutrition without a guaranteed meal source. In response, Mercy Chefs is partnering with The Claremore Ministerial Alliance to carry out “Operation Lunchbox” and ensure no child goes hungry.

Mercy Chefs will prepare and distribute 2,500 hot lunches daily from the headquarters at Claremore First United Methodist Church located at 1615 OK-88 Claremore, Oklahoma. This will serve as the distribution center for all meals to sixteen other locations throughout Rogers County. Volunteers are needed, and Mercy Chefs is accepting donations on their website: to help cover the cost of meals.

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

For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit

To schedule Interviews, contact or 662-259-0988.



Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization 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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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.