Mercy Chefs Inc

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Disaster Relief & Long-Term Recovery: 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.

Community Kitchens: 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, Virginia as the model for a program that so far has been replicated in Panama City, FL and Nashville, TN.

Food Insecurity Response: In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Mercy Chefs has delivered millions of meals through grocery box distribution in places like Texas, Florida, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma and others. 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.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Mercy Chefs Inc
711 Washington Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704


Phone: (757) 292-4264


Organization details

EIN: 205050449

CEO/President: Gary LeBlanc


Board size: 0

Founder: Gary LeBlanc

Ruling year: 2006

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We work with existing organizations within a community to maximize our joint efforts and to strengthen the community itself. Our focus is not solely placed on our immediate impact but on long-term recovery and enrichment, as well.

By partnering with local organizations and volunteers, our work can continue long after the Mercy Chefs' team and trucks depart. In instances where we retain a permanent presence in an area, we do so by providing locals with the necessary equipment and materials, and by training them to staff and maintain operations for themselves.

Mission statement

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.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating510 of 101044 of 84
Fund acquisition rating466 of 101239 of 84
Resource allocation rating798 of 101267 of 84
Asset utilization rating265 of 101024 of 84

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$30,675$30,675$0$0$0
Short-term investments$6,562$0$0$0$9,640
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$395,482$558,751$1,166,535$284,167$58,966
Long-term investments$0$16,418$21,830$0$0
Fixed assets$911,891$841,696$192,582$200,360$291,510
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$4,221
Total long-term assets$911,891$858,114$214,412$200,360$295,731
Total assets$1,307,373$1,416,865$1,380,947$484,527$354,697
Payables and accrued expenses$1,763$0$10,128$5,008$3,197
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,763$0$10,128$5,008$3,197
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$343,622$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$343,622$288,249$0$0$0
Total liabilities$345,385$288,249$10,128$5,008$3,197
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$961,988$1,128,616$1,370,819$479,519$351,500
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$961,988$1,128,616$1,370,819$479,519$351,500
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,874,230$2,541,216$3,032,087$1,533,949$918,409
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$700$44($1,013)$39,269
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$0$700$44($1,013)$39,269
Total revenue$2,874,230$2,541,916$3,032,131$1,532,936$957,678
Program services$2,427,835$2,224,490$1,611,461$1,081,158$767,187
Management and general$438,944$279,799$159,289$85,736$73,590
Total expenses$3,040,850$2,718,386$2,140,806$1,404,917$903,044
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($166,620)($176,470)$891,325$128,019$54,634
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($166,620)($176,470)$891,325$128,019$54,634


R Gary LeblancPresident$180,139
Ann LeblancCo-Founder$93,600

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/14/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Program accomplishments

Mercy Chefs has served over 18.5 million meals in response to natural disasters, national emergencies and ongoing community outreach.

Mercy Chefs has provided relief in over 26 states since our founding in 2006.

More than 10,000 volunteers have assisted us in providing hot, nutritious meals to people in need.


Mercy Chefs is fully funded by private donors. We work hard to keep our overhead costs low so we can maximize the impact of every donation given to our ministry. Our family of financial supporters is a vital part of our ministry. Your generosity empowers us to carry out our work and mission.