Our Story

Operation BBQ Relief is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides hot meals to communities impacted by disasters and the first responders that are on the ground helping. We were founded after the Joplin, Missouri EF5 tornado in May 2011. After disaster strikes, it can take larger organizations, local civic groups, and church groups longer to get set up to feed the community.  Operation BBQ Relief, with a network of volunteers and equipment across the country, can respond immediately and be serving hot meals sometimes within hours of the disaster. We stay until those local groups are up and running, able to handle things, and start the healing process. We are based in the Kansas City Metro area but have volunteers and directors in cities across the country. To date, we have served in over 30 different states and have provided over 9 million meals.


Operation BBQ Relief provides comfort to those in need by connecting, inspiring, serving, and educating in communities far and wide.


We value honesty, compassion, friendship, hard work and respect for others and for resources with which we are provided. Decisions and actions of Operation BBQ Relief will always be made and carried out with these values in mind. We want the communities we serve to be able to state without reservation that Operation BBQ Relief upheld these values while making a positive impact.

Operation BBQ Relief is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by law. We encourage all to get involved, volunteer, and apply for employment because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

Contact Information

Phone: 1-844-627-7353 (follow prompts)
Fax: 1-866-861-3297

Meet the OBR Team