Virginia based relief group heads to Puerto Rico in aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Virginia based relief group heads to Puerto Rico in aftermath of Hurricane Maria

By | 2017-09-29T14:50:39+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Humanitarian, Nonprofit, Press Releases|

PORTSMOUTH, VA, September 29, 2017 | TruthPR.com | – Mercy Chefs, a Hampton Roads based non-profit, disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization departs for Puerto Rico this Saturday, September 30th. The team will be carrying a 300 gallon per hour water purification unit, 250 water purification straws and cases full of relief supplies.

Upon arrival, Mercy Chefs will be connecting with two local partners – Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo and Iglesia Nuevo Testamento in Manati. Together with these partners, they intend to set up bases for immediate relief operations and long term rebuilding projects.

Over the weekend, the team will install their semi-permanent water purification unit, which will produce up to sixteen cases of bottled water per hour. They will also pass out 250 individual purification straws. Each will provide one person with three months of access to clean drinking water. In addition to these immediate efforts, the organization has a large shipment of food and generators heading to the island.

This deployment to Puerto Rico comes on the heels of Mercy Chefs’ consecutive deployments to Texas and Florida following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Between their three locations across the two states, Mercy Chefs served more than 160,000 chef-prepared meals for victims and first responders.

Mercy Chefs’ Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc will be available for interviews regarding the organization’s work and experiences in Puerto Rico. Mercy Chefs’ will continue to update their Facebook page with more information, as the situation unfolds.

For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com

Schedule Interviews here.

ABOUT MERCY CHEFS:

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.

 

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.