Virginia nonprofit Mercy Chefs wheels into Fort Worth with hot meals
A disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization called Mercy Chefs is on the way to Fort Worth with hot meals, all the way from Virginia.
Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2006, Mercy Chefs visits communities across the country serving professionally prepared restaurant-quality meals to victims, first responders and volunteers in emergencies and natural disasters.
Starting Friday, February 19, they will be in Fort Worth and Dallas after the extreme winter weather that left communities without electricity or water this week. The nonprofit is also working to provide clean drinking water to other parts of the state that have been badly hit by the storm, according to a press release.
Mercy Chefs, serving more than 10,000 meals a day in Texas, prepares and distributes food from multiple locations.
The first area served will be North Fort Worth, an area that has been largely without power for most of this week and has been under a boiling point. The Mercy Chefs serve dinner on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. in a large mobile kitchen in Gateway Church campus, North Fort Worth, 4209 Basswood Blvd., at the intersection with Beach Street.
Then the schedule at Gateway is:
Saturday, February 20, 12 noon-2 p.m. (lunch); 4-6 p.m. (dinner)
Sunday, February 21, 12 noon-2 p.m. (lunch); 4-6 p.m. (dinner)
Monday, February 22nd, 12 pm-2pm (lunch); 4-6 p.m. (dinner)
Additional days can be added as needed, says a spokeswoman. Meals are available while supplies last.
In Dallas, Mercy Chefs prepare meals from multiple kitchens, including The cornerstone kitchen2815 S. Ervay St. and 3015 at Trinity Groves3015 guilders Ln. The team will be distributing meals from these kitchens to the Dallas community in the coming days. Full details will be announced when the crews arrive in town.
Meals are free and first come, first served. No registration required.
“This winter storm has hit so many people in such a widespread area in communities that are simply not prepared for this type of weather – we’ve never seen anything like it,” said Gary LeBlanc, founder of Mercy Chefs, in a statement. “We anticipate a great need and are responding with the ability to prepare thousands of meals a day to help the victims of the crisis.”
Mercy Chefs has served over 10 million meals since its inception in 2006, including 7 million meals in response to the coronavirus pandemic across the country since March.
According to this story from a Portsmouth, Virginia television station, the organization has received more than 20 requests for help between Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma since Tuesday night.
Follow the Mercy Chefs Facebook page for updates.