Our team arrived here in Puerto Rico yesterday and I'm thrilled to report that we were preparing and serving meals within hours of our arrival -- thanks to our strong network on the ground and support from friends like you.

Those first meals were warmly received by families in need. With most of the island still without power and 60% having no drinking water, these Mercy Chefs meals are making a difference right away.

+ + "It's been a nightmare".... "catastrophic"

A resident of Puerto Rico called this storm a "nightmare" and a "very strange" sensation to go through yet another hurricane exactly five years to the day after Maria struck. And since Fiona was a slow moving storm that dumped FEET of rain on Puerto Rico, this hurricane is creating its own challenges. Puerto Rico's governor is calling the destruction "catastrophic" and officials are now back-tracking on early predictions of a quick restoration of power.

In the midst of this crisis, MERCY CHEFS IS HERE and we are serving hot meals and providing thousands of gallons of drinking water.

I have more staff in transit right now as we work to expand our meal service.

Now, I need your help!

The people here need practical support -- hot meals and drinking water. Will you help me provide both today and reach thousands of hurricane victims with relief? Go here to make your tax-deductible gift:

I will have more details for you soon. For now, please pray and please help us meet this need. 

God bless,

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs

P.S. As you can see from above, as darkness fell, we were still providing meals. Today is another long day. With no power and little water, we are facing many challenges. But our team is determined to reach as many people as possible during this critical time. Please help. Go here:

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