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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Holly Springs, Mississippi (Tornado) / 1800 Meals in 2 Days

An EF-4 tornado, one of multiple tornados, hit northern Mississippi and southern Tennessee. The path was 75 miles long, with 170 mph winds. We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we…

Columbia, South Carolina (Flooding) / 33,255 Meals over 10 Days

From the National Weather Service - A historic flooding event affected the Carolinas from October 1-5, 2015. A stalled front offshore combined with deep tropical moisture streaming northwest into the area ahead of a strong upper level low pressure…

Coal City, Illinois (Tornado) / 5510 Meals over 4 Days

A powerful summer storm that included at least nine tornadoes tore through north-central Illinois. Nine tornadoes were confirmed in northern Illinois, and a Coal City twister hit 160 mph. We apologize if you or your company is not listed.…

Wimberley, Texas (Flooding) / 8700 Meals over 7 Days

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…

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Train Derailment) / 500 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, please…

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…

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…

Wayne, Nebraska (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,…