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About Chef Lou's Army

Chef Lou’s Army is providing FREE meals to recharge our essential personnel and keep our families nourished.

From first responders to doctors, nurses and hospital staff to grocery store personnel and our communities’ families in need, Chef Lou’s Army (CLA) accepts donations to drive the prep, cook and delivery of thousands of quality ready-to-eat meals and dining materials seven days a week.

  • People and businesses can donate 1 – 100+ meals starting at just $5.00 per meal
  • Chef Lou’s Army fields and processes all meal donations 24×7 through this website
  • General Chef Lou and the Army prep, cook and package a diverse menu of nutritional meals same-day
  • The Army rolls its vehicles filled with FREE, ready-to-eat meals to doorsteps of those essential personnel supporting all of us and to those families who need it most
  • Chef Lou’s Army welcomes donation location requests and is in real-time, active contact with state, county and local governments and businesses of all types and sizes to ensure proper, prioritized distribution of meals

Our Mission

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Mobilize and Deploy nutritional meals to those in need – Families, Essential Front Line workers and other local targets.

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Founders Vision

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Our goal is to be resourceful, operate in the darkness of disaster and bring sunlight to those in need and our local hereos.

Meet the Founders

Our History

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The 2020 COVID epidemic caused all of us to suddenly pause, quickly adapt and find a way to help our families and the community.

See How it Started

Give A Meal

Join the Army and get involved

Donate your first meal and get started as a PRIVATE. Want to make a targeted impacted, RECRUIT your friends to give more meals and move up in the Army.

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Our Partners

Begin working with CLA to sponsor targeted meal mobilization

CLA Making an Impact

Your support makes a big impact

CLA Support Team

Media and Press

Our work does not go unnoticed

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19 Mar, 2020

Thousands of restaurant workers now without a job in New Jersey

Restaurant owners say that they simply cannot afford to keep their staff while.
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26 Mar, 2020

You Won’t Believe What Jersey Shore Restaurant Featured on Chef Ramsay’s To Hell and Back is Doing During the Coronavirus Pandemic!

MANASQUAN-Blend on Main, one of two Jersey Shore restaurants featured this year on.
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27 Mar, 2020

Shore chefs use their kitchens, skills to feed those in need

Chef Lou Smith isn’t one to sit around.  He’s the kind of guy.