Yesterday I shared with you that search and rescue teams are still hard at work here, a full week after the storm hit. Sadly, the death toll in Florida from this storm climbed again and has now reached 120 as these teams continue their work day and night going into the places of complete destruction.

+ + Serving those on the front lines of disaster

It is emotionally and physically taxing work. We're finding that some of these teams are themselves going days without a decent hot meal for their own teams. That's why it's so important to do everything we can to support these teams.

One of the search and rescue teams -- Virginia Task Force 1 -- stopped by our Mercy Chefs base of operations to pick up meals to take with them for another long day on the front lines of this disaster. We are honored to serve these fearless men and women who are rescuing the stranded and recovering casualties of the storm.

+ + Need your help today...

We just crossed 100,000 meals served here in Lee County and today our team is back at work preparing to feed thousands more for lunch and for dinner -- including these search and rescue teams.

Simply put, we need help from friends like you across the country to feed hurricane victims, volunteers and emergency workers who need our support today!

Can I count on you to sponsor 10, 20, 50 or even 100 meals we'll serve today? Go here to support this mission of relief for hurricane victims:

If you recently donated, THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you can help again, it would be a great blessing. If you haven't yet helped with our Hurricane Ian relief efforts, please do so today! This is a massive outreach that requires the partnership of every Mercy Chefs friend and partner.

And please keep praying for the people here. A week after the storm, the full magnitude of this disaster and the length of the road to recovery is hitting this entire community.

Thank you and God bless you,

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs

Read our Hurricane Ian reports.