PORTSMOUTH, VA, October 14, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Mercy Chefs, a Hampton Roads based non-profit, disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, is now providing relief on three fronts following Hurricane Matthew - in Haiti, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Mercy Chefs is currently stationed at the Emergency Operations Center in Lumberton, North Carolina, where they are feeding first responders, police officers, search and rescue teams and the National Guard. In addition to the 1,800 meals for emergency personnel, they are cooking for one of the seven shelters in the area, as well as, several nearby churches.
Lumberton, North Carolina is an emerging disaster zone. After the hurricane hit, the city sat quiet. Then, the levees failed. Immediately, the city and surrounding county were inundated with water. Now residents are facing widespread, extreme flooding. For days, the greater area of Robeson County has been overrun by these floodwaters.
Officials have just announced that the water supply for Robeson County has been contaminated by the flooding and will remain so for two to three weeks. Residents are now facing the daunting reality of an extended period without access to the most basic of human necessities - water. This is the first time in Mercy Chefs' history that we have needed to respond to a water crisis here in the United States. The organization is preparing to have a water filtration unit, capable of providing 120 gallons of clean water per hour delivered to their North Carolina base. The unit will service the water needs of 5,000 people daily.
For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com
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 one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service.
Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc is available for video and audio interviews.