PORTSMOUTH, VA, July 25, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster and humanitarian relief organization is headed back to Baltimore this weekend to host the “Day of Hope” event in partnership with Somebody Cares Baltimore, the Baltimore Police Department and leaders from the local community.
During the intense unrest that filled the city, Mercy Chefs and their team of professional chefs travelled to feed the police officers, national guard members and emergency personnel, who were working around the clock to secure and protect the city. Amidst the chaos, conversations with the police department and local ministries revolved around addressing the increasing divide between residents and law enforcement and working together to unify the city.
Following their initial outreach, Mercy Chefs returned to host a Christmas dinner in the heart of Freddie Gray’s neighborhood to aid in accomplishing all that had been discussed. At the event, police officers and chaplains came out to serve Christmas dinners prepared by Mercy Chefs to members of the North Baltimore community. Unity filled the room as local community leaders, street entrepreneurs, police officers and pastors all came together to enjoy a meal, talk, laugh and embrace their common ground.
This weekend, Mercy Chefs is looking forward to serving thousands of meals once again to further the growing unity between the community members and local law enforcement in Baltimore and foster an environment where new and deepening connections can be made. Mercy Chefs’ mobile kitchen will be part of the neighborhood block party complete with games for the kids, food and fun for all at Bocek Park in the North East Inner City, 3198 East Madison St. Baltimore, MD 21205. The main event will take place Saturday, July 30th from 12:30pm until 4:00pm.
For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com
ABOUT MERCY CHEFS:
Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies and partners with existing ministries with food service in underserved communities around the country. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service.
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