Mercy Chefs to feed local children during summer

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay District Schools is partnering with Mercy Chefs and they plan to feed local kids all summer long.

Local kids eating food from Mercy Chefs at Oscar Patterson. Founder of Mercy Chefs say the plan to serve kids free food all summer. (WJHG/WECP)

At Oscar Patterson Elementary School, volunteers served green beans, mashed potatoes and more to the community. Mercy Chefs Founder Gary LeBlanc said they'll feed children and their families on the free and reduced meal programs in Bay County.

"We knew that the children here this summer didn't have as many feeding sites as they usually did. Those children needed somebody to step in and help them and Mercy Chefs said we have the ability talent and the skill, we'll do it," said LeBlanc.

Leblanc said this is Mercy Chefs fourth trip to Bay County since Hurricane Michael and they've made more 160,000 meals for locals.

"It feels nice to be able to sit down with them and have a good meal. I know some people they can't get hot meals every day so it's good to be able see they can get food," said Bay County resident Vaida Staples.

Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt said this is the first time they've ever had a service like this in the area. Husfelt said the district is using classrooms at Oscar Patterson Elementary School to give volunteers a place to stay.

"Obviously hotel rooms are a premium and it would be very pricey. There is no cost, everything is free here. It's such a big blessing to the community. We thought the least we could do is provide them somewhere to stay," said Husfelt.

LeBlanc said they plan to cook dinner from Tuesday to Sunday every week this summer from 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. at Oscar Patterson.

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