The operations manager at a regional jail contacted us about a major shortage of food they are currently experiencing. Like other requests for help we've received during this deployment, we answered the call.

Upon arriving at the jail, our team was greeted with deep gratitude from the regional manager as well as the prisoners themselves. Many volunteered to help plate the food for their fellow inmates before receiving their meals.

We learned that even before we arrived, word had spread that Mercy Chefs was coming. Upon hearing the news, one prisoner told the guards that, instead of food, he asked if someone from Mercy Chefs' team would pray with him. Our Chef John answered the call and delivered hope through not only a hot meal, but the love of God.

+ + Our core mission...

Moments like this further establish in our hearts the core mission of Mercy Chefs, which is to "just go feed people." That's not just some people. It's all people! We love all and serve all, because this is the call God gave us almost 17 years ago.

Today, our team is hard at work meeting the urgent needs all around us in Eastern Kentucky. Through this weekend, we could serve as many as 10,000-15,000 meals, and we need your help! Will you sponsor 10, 20, 50 or even 100 meals we'll serve through this weekend? Go here:

As I've noted, the demand has been about double what we expected. That means our costs have been double. Relief organizations left this area months ago. I want to stay and help these people through this urgent food crisis, but I need your help.

Thanks for your prayers, and thanks in advance for your continued support.

Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs