Mercy Chefs

Feeding Body And Soul

aka Mercy Chefs   |   Portsmouth, VA   |  mercychefs.com

Mission

Our mission is simple: "just go feed people." Mercy Chefs is a faith-based, non-profit disaster relief organization. We exist to provide professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals to victims, volunteers, and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies, and we partner with existing like-minded organizations to further their mission by providing food service in underserved communities across the country. Our main focuses are: disaster relief, long-term recovery, community kitchens & outreach, and food insecurity relief.

Ruling year info

2006

Founder and CEO

Mr. Gary LeBlanc

Cofounder & President

Ann LeBlanc

Main address

711 Washington St.

Portsmouth, VA 23704 USA

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EIN

20-5050449

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Disaster Relief & Long-Term Recovery

We provide high-quality, chef prepared meals for victims, volunteers, and first responders in disaster zones. We respond to natural disasters and national emergencies at a moment’s notice. In our deployments, our professional chefs prepare high-quality, hot meals on a mass scale for victims, first responders and volunteers. Our team is often one of the first organizations to arrive following a major weather event and is capable of providing 15,000+ meals daily to meet the needs of a devastated community. We also provide clean water, sanitation supplies, and other basic necessities in the wake of national or international disasters.

Population(s) Served
Victims of disaster
Victims of conflict and war

Mercy Chefs’ Co-Founder, Ann LeBlanc, inspired the development of our Community Kitchens and Outreach division. She recognized our organization’s responsibility to put our resources, volunteers, and skills to use outside of disasters to feed food-insecure populations across the nation. In 2019, Mercy Chefs launched its first permanent community kitchen in Portsmouth (VA) as the model for a program that so far has been replicated in Panama City (FL), Nashville (TN), McAllen (TX), and Paducah (KY).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of disaster

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Mercy Chefs has delivered millions of meals through grocery box distribution in states like Texas, Florida, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma and more. The impact these groceries have made on people's lives is unparalleled, and we know we must continue to do more. Not only have we expanded our grocery box distribution program, but we're finding new ways to support people in food insecure communities with job skills training, single parent cooking classes, and budget recipe creation through teaching classes run from our community kitchens nationwide.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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Financials

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Mercy Chefs

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2022
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Board chair

Gary LeBlanc

Mercy Chefs

Term: 2015 -

Janet Young

Jim Boyd

Richard Baker SR

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

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