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 – 2018

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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,…

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…

Tupelo, Mississippi (Tornado) / 6,025 Meals over 4 Days

On April 28, 2014, Tupelo, home to 35,000 residents, suffered a direct hit from a violent weather system. Winds were reported up to 170 mph, with the Tupelo tornado estimated to be 1 mile wide. Corporate Involvement:  Big Poppa Smokers Ole…

Louisville, Mississippi (Tornado) / 11,060 Meals over 5 Days

On Monday, April 28 an EF-4 tornado struck Winston County, cutting a swath of destruction through the county and into parts of the city of Louisville. Corporate Involvement:  Big Poppa Smokers Ole Hickory Pits AmeriGas Gordon Food Service 17th…

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…

Longmont, Colorado (Flooding) / 11,150 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…