Entries by OBR

Tulsa, Oklahoma (Flood) / 7,950 Meals Over 7 Days

Oklahoma had seen a lot of rain from May into June.  But a June 6th storm dumped more than 4 inches of rain on Tulsa within three hours, causing widespread flooding along the already swollen Arkansas River.  Roughly 600 Tulsa area homes and businesses were swamped due to the flood, forcing evacuations. On the evening […]

Linwood, Kansas (Tornado) / 2,000 Meals Over 2 Days

On the evening of May 28, 2019, a mile-wide EF-4 tornado ripped through Douglas and Leavenworth counties in Kansas, packing winds of up to 170 mph. Luckily there were only 18 reported injuries, but numerous homes were damaged or destroyed…Linwood, Kansas, being hardest hit. Once the area was deemed safe, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers descended […]

Dayton, Ohio (Tornado) / 15,172 Meals Over 6 Days

A severe storm system including tornadoes hit the Dayton, Ohio, area late evening on May 27, 2019, leaving approximately 68,000 households and businesses in the state were without power. The weather service issued 36 tornado warnings across the region that night! In the aftermath, Operation BBQ Relief was asked to come do what we do […]

Franklin & Alto, Texas (Tornado) / 1,960 Meals Over 3 Days

On April 13, 2019, OBR was cooking and serving The One Hot Meal That Matters just a few short hours after a tornado hit the towns of Franklin and Alto, Texas. We received a call from the Franklin’s Emergency Manager that help was needed and our volunteers sprang to action. It was a heartfelt experience […]

Freeport, Illinois (Flood) / 3,681 Meals Over 4 Days

Heavy rain and quick snow melt atop still-frozen ground forced runoff into rivers and creeks across the Midwest during the second week of March 2019. Historic flooding along the east bank of the Pecatonica River (cresting at 16.45′, the highest level since 1975) forced residents from their homes. The Stephenson County Emergency Manager had heard […]

Volunteer Awards

Thank you to all of our volunteers who attended the first annual volunteer banquet.  We truly hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  And a huge thank you to all of you who worked behind the scenes to make everything happen.  It was a weekend to remember!  A huge congratulations goes to the […]