Deployments Since 2011

Combining our skills as competition cooks, caterers and chefs to provide meals to those affected and first responders of disasters in the United States. Since 2011 our volunteers and teams have deployed for over 199 days in 21 states after 34 disasters.

  • When a disaster strikes, we evaluate multiple factors: size, destruction, people affected and services affected.  Based on what we learn, we determine whether or not to deploy and the estimated size, duration and needs.  At that time, 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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Deployments 2011 – 2017

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Santa Rosa | Napa, California (Fire) / 53,058 Meals Over 8 Days

Multiple fires broke out late evening October 8 and early morning October 9.  High winds and dry conditions caused the wildfires to spread rapidly. The fires caused at least 40 deaths and hundreds missing.  OBR joined forces with Guy Fieri…

Central | SW Florida & the Keys, Florida (Hurricane) / 126,400 Meals over 9 Days

Hurricane Irma was classified as a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2107. Although downgraded over time, Irma caused widespread damage via storm surges, high winds, and rainfall, causing power loss, flooding…

Houston/Beaumont/Victoria, Texas (Hurricane & Flood) / 371,760 Meals over 11 Days

Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, struck Texas and neighboring states and produced over 40 inches of rain.  Operation BBQ Relief operated from three areas: Houston, Beaumont and Silsbee, and Victoria and Rockport.  To date, this was…

Chetek, Wisconsin (Tornado) / 1,000 Meals Over 1 Day

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,…

West Plains, Missouri (Flood) / 13,300 Meals over 10 Days

Historic rainfall caused extension flooding in West Plains and surrounding areas. 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…

Goodman, Missouri (Tornado) / 1557 Meals over 4 Days

An EF2-rated storm hit Goodman, and damaged the school, 40 homes and about a dozen businesses. Based on damage, the storm packed winds of more than 100 miles-per-hour. The three mile path of damage is spread out about a third-of-a-mile wide. We…

Hutchinson and Reno County, Kansas (Fire) / 1,850 Meals over 3 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,…

Smithville, Missouri (Tornado) / 525 Meals over 2 Days

An EF2 tornado with peak winds of 132 mph, damaged or destroyed between 60 and 70 homes. 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…