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

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 205050449

CEO/President: Ann LeBlanc

Chairman: Gary LeBlanc

Board size: 4

Founder: Gary & Ann 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

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of whom is equal in being, power, and glory.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sin nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and himself completely unable to remedy his lost condition.

We believe that faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary for salvation and that we are justified by faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church.

We believe that the purpose of the Church and of each individual Christian is to glorify God by loving God, loving their neighbor and making disciples. Making disciples includes both evangelizing the lost and nurturing Christians.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating675 of 110451 of 88
Fund acquisition rating605 of 110549 of 88
Resource allocation rating567 of 110546 of 88
Asset utilization rating687 of 110457 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$34,693$118,977$55,798$30,675$30,675
Short-term investments$6,611$0$6,012$6,562$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,675,923$2,817,452$1,017,029$395,482$558,751
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$16,418
Fixed assets$3,302,745$2,367,151$1,326,527$911,891$841,696
Other long-term assets$222,969$1,600$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,525,714$2,368,751$1,326,527$911,891$858,114
Total assets$11,201,637$5,186,203$2,343,556$1,307,373$1,416,865
Payables and accrued expenses$238,974$190,550$247,035$1,763$0
Other current liabilities$0$50,000$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$238,974$240,550$247,035$1,763$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$680,364$1,135,006$322,862$343,622$0
Total long-term liabilities$680,364$1,135,006$322,862$343,622$288,249
Total liabilities$919,338$1,375,556$569,897$345,385$288,249
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$10,282,299$3,790,647$1,753,659$961,988$1,128,616
With donor restrictions$0$20,000$20,000$0$0
Net assets$10,282,299$3,810,647$1,773,659$961,988$1,128,616
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$19,220,877$10,304,401$6,421,512$2,874,230$2,541,216
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$16,398$1,210$58$0$700
Other revenue$9,000$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$25,398$1,210$58$0$700
Total revenue$19,246,275$10,305,611$6,421,570$2,874,230$2,541,916
Program services$11,102,300$7,461,759$5,047,184$2,427,835$2,224,490
Management and general$510,611$567,093$309,585$438,944$279,799
Total expenses$12,884,344$8,561,673$5,735,690$3,040,850$2,718,386
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$6,361,931$1,743,938$685,880($166,620)($176,470)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,361,931$1,743,938$685,880($166,620)($176,470)


Ann LeblancPresident/Co$167,050
R Gary LeblancFounder/CEO$165,650

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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Chef Gary & Ann LeBlanc founded Mercy Chefs in 2006 after the devastation & massive impact that Hurricane Katrina left on Chef Gary's hometown of New Orleans. Gary, being a Louisiana native, felt compelled for the first time in his life to volunteer. At the time, he was broken by what I witnessed in his hometown of New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The devastation was so intense and widespread. Lives were completely disrupted and the community was in ruins. After Katrina, he saw first-hand the incredible difference a hot meal could make, but after thirty-five years in the hospitality industry, Chef Gary was surprised and outraged by the quality of food being served.

Gary knew something more needed to be done, and the idea of serving high-quality, chef-prepared meals in a disaster zone occupied his mind for months afterwards. Soon after, Mercy Chefs was born. Gary and his wife Ann have been serving side by side for over 16 years since the Lord called them to "feed people; just go feed people."

Program accomplishments

From disaster zones across the country and around the world to serving people right in their own backyard, Mercy Chefs has already served over 20 million meals, with many more to come.


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.