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 destroyed. Remarkably, despite hitting heavily populated areas, no one was killed and very few people were injured.

OBR volunteers setup at Bootleg BBQ in Royse City. Larry Newberry shut down his operation and turned it into a relief command post, forsaking any business of his own for the week. His location is the first spot in Texas where Operation BBQ Relief has set up, and as such, we left the OBR banner hanging inside his business for all customers coming in to see.

During the three day relief operation, OBR volunteers served just over 2500 meals to tornado victims and first responders. This operation marked the 8th state in which OBR volunteers have cooked meals. It also put the total number of hot meals served by OBR since its inception in Joplin, MO, in May 2011 at over 150,000 meals.


Interstate Batteries, Stubbs BBQ Sauce, Western Wood Company,

BBQ Teams involved included:

Big Fish BBQ, VFW Post 5076,

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