Combining our Skills as competition cooks, caterers and chefs to provide meals to those affected and first responders of disasters in the United States

Combining our Skills as competition cooks, caterers and chefs to provide meals to those affected and first responders of disasters in the United States

  • Coal City, IL (Tornado) 5510 Meals over 4 Days Descriptions: Photos: Teams and Individuals involved included: Corporate Involvement and Contributions:  We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company ...
  • Wimberley, Texas (Flooding) 3200 Meals over 3 Days Descriptions:  Memorial Day weekend flooding caused displacement. On Friday, May 29, volunteers served nearly 1100 meals at two locations: nearly 800 in Wimberley and nearly 300 in San Marcos in partnership with Kent Black’s BBQ. A much larger number of meals is expected to be served today. Photos Teams and Individuals involved included: Corporate Involvement and Contributions:  We apologize if ...
  • Kirkland and Fairdale Illinois (Tornado) 5,700 Meals over 2 Days An EF4 “Wedge” tornado (multiple vortex) that was up to 1/2 mile and stayed on the ground for 52 miles touched down in Rochelle, about 75 miles west of Chicago Thursday evening at about 6:45 p.m., and then moved on to Fairdale, 25 miles northeast, just south of Rockford, leaving much damage in its wake. ...
  • Washington Illinois (Tornado) 25,600 Meals over 6 Days WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling said it may go down as one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades. “It appears the storm may have produced the most powerful Illinois November tornado on record outside of St. Louis (and possibly elsewhere) and may be one of the four most intense Great Lakes ...
  • Pilger Nebraska (Twin Tornados) 6,800 Meals over 4 Days Rare twin tornadoes raked across northeast Nebraska. They were part of an outbreak of twisters that virtually wiped Pilger off the land and left a path of death and destruction. The 60-mile swath stretched from near Stanton to the edge of Sioux City, Iowa.  The National Weather Service rated the larger tornado that tore through ...
  • Tupelo, Mississippi (Tornado) 6,025 Meals over 4 Days Corporate Involvement:  Big Poppa Smokers Ole Hickory Pits AmeriGas Gordon Food Service 17th Street BBQ OBR Participants: BBQ Teams involved included: We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or ...
  • Louisville Mississippi (Tornado) 11,050 Meals over 5 Days We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add ...
  • Mayflower Arkansas (Tornado) 23,400 Meals over 7 Days Early on April 27, 2014, a cold front from the Rocky Mountains descended on the Plains, fueling intense thunderstorms that spun out a powerful tornado. Beginning at 7 p.m., the twister cut a swath of destruction through the small towns of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. Sixteen people were killed and 400 to 500 homes were destroyed. The tornado ...
  • Longmont Colorado (Flooding) 25,600 Meals over 6 Days Around September 11th, clouds and heavy rain had started to roll in along Colorado Front Range, a 130 mile long area along the eastern slope of the Rockies stretching from Fort Collins south past Denver & Colorado Springs. In a three day period, 9-1/2 inches of rain fell on Boulder, a city that usually receives just ...
  • Moore Oklahoma (Tornado) 143,000 Meals over 12 Days On May 20, 2013, an EF-5 tornado struck Moore, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. The tornado was part of a massive weather system that had produced thunderstorms and smaller tornadoes over previous days. The tornado touched down just before 3:00 p.m. CDT, crossing through a heavily populated area of Moore over a 17-mile path ...
  • West, Texas (Explosion) 16,000 Meals over 8 Days A massive explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, which badly damaged a five-block area.The blast was so massive and deafening, its ground motion registered as an earthquake. So far 12 deaths have been confirmed with another 60 people unaccounted for. When OBR volunteers arrived in the late afternoon in ...
  • Adarisville, Georgia (Tornado) 25,600 Meals over 6 Days A team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia, surveyed the damage caused by a supercell thunderstorm that tracked across northwest Bartow and central Gordon counties from approximately 11:15 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The tornado was rated at the high end of EF-3 with an estimated peak ...
  • Hoboken, Staten Island, Long Beach and Brick New Jersey (Hurricane) 100,000 Meals over 12 Days Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive tropical cyclone of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. While it was a Category 2 storm off the coast of the Northeastern United States, the storm became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record (as measured by diameter, with ...
  • Hurricane Isaac (Hurricane) 55,000 Meals over 11 Days Via Reuters: Hurricane Isaac has caused up to $1 billion in economic losses for offshore energy properties and up to $1.5 billion in insured losses onshore in Louisiana and neighboring states, disaster modeler Eqecat said on Wednesday. Within days, OBR volunteers from neighboring states were on the scene setting up in St. Bernard Parish and teaming ...
  • Colorado Springs Colorado (Fire) 1,700 Meals over 3 Days The Waldo Canyon Fire was a forest fire that started approximately four miles northwest of Colorado Springs on June 23, 2012, and one mile from a western neighborhood. It was declared 100% contained on July 10, 2012, after no smoke plumes were visible on a small portion of the containment line on Blodgett Peak. The fire ...
  • Royse City Texas (Tornado) 2,500 Meals over 3 Days Several strong to mostly weak tornadoes touched down near Dallas and Fort Worth and points east. This included an EF-3 in Forney, Texas, which devastated the Diamond Creek subdivision and a school in town. It was estimated on April 5 that over 1100 homes were damaged in the outbreak, including at least 349 that were ...
  • Dexter Michigan (Tornado) 2,300 Meals over 3 Days The EF-3 tornado left a path seven miles long and nearly half a mile wide. It left large amounts of destruction, but fortunately, there were no deaths or serious injuries attributed to the storm. The tornado hit at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, and by 3 p.m. on Friday, OBR volunteers were setting up and preparing ...
  • Kansas, Illinois, Indiana (Tornado) 15,500 Meals over 9 Days Disaster: As many as 17 tornadoes across multiple states Classification: EF-2 Harveyville, KS; EF-4 Harrisburg, IL; EF-4 Marysville, IN Casualties: Harveyville, KS: Eight or nine people injured, 40%-60% of the town destroyed Harrisburg, IL: Six people dead and 100 injured, 250-300 buildings damaged or destroyed Marysville, IN Area:  14 dead, hundreds injured. Nearly every home in Marysville was either ...
  • Jefferson County Alabama (Tornado) 5,700 Meals over 3 Days The National Weather Service said at least six different tornadoes skipped across central Alabama, causing damage across a wide area. The strongest hit Jefferson County, with winds up to 150 MPH. The first tornado, an EF-2 with 130 MPH winds, left a path of destruction 880 yards wide and 13 miles long, killing one man. ...
  • Harrisburg ~ 2011 Hurricane Irene swept through the Caribbean and eastern portion of the United States, flooding several areas from North Carolina to Maine. Then soon after Tropical Storm Lee soaked the Midwest then the Northeast, leaving many inches of rain and leading to the worst flooding in Pennsylvania in 40 years. Teams from Operation BBQ Relief setup in ...
  • Joplin 2011 Description:  On Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, a massive multi-vortex EF-5 tornado plowed through the southwest Missouri community of about 50,000 residents, killing 156 people and injuring more than 1000. It left a path of almost total destruction six miles long and over half a mile wide. It is now classified as the second deadliest tornado ...

What We DO

When a disaster strikes we evaluate multiple factors; size, destruction, people effected, services effected.  Based on what we find out we determine whether or not to deploy and the estimated size, duration and needs.  Once decided notifications go out to our volunteers and state leads and we begin executing our standard operating procedures.
Operation BBQ Relief is surrounded by an incredible group of volunteers and supporters across the country who spring into action when disaster relief is needed.
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  • Meals Provided? 575,845
  • Days Deployed? 134
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