Entries by OBR

Lake Charles, Louisiana (Hurricane) / 379,591 Meals Over 21 Days

Hurricane Laura was a deadly and damaging Category 4 hurricane, that tied the 1856 Last Island hurricane as the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Louisiana. Early on August 27, Laura made landfall near peak intensity. This was the tenth-strongest U.S. hurricane landfall by windspeed on record. The storm caused the deaths of at […]

Jonesboro, Arkansas (Tornado) / 1,000 Meals Over 2 Days

On evening of March 28 th , 2020, a supercell thunderstorm produced several tornados in Arkansas, the most significant being an EF-3 tornado that ripped through Jonesboro. With winds up to 140 mph, the twister left a path of destruction for over 12 miles, damaging homes, businesses, and the local airport. This deployment hit close […]

Nashville, Tennessee (Tornado) / 60,780 Meals Over 8 Days

On March 3, severe storms and at least one tornado slammed through central Tennessee. Initial surveys indicated EF-3 tornado damage. “I’m incredibly grateful to the organizers and volunteers at Operation BBQ Relief for their generous contributions to our community as we recover and rebuild after the devastating March 3rd tornado,” said John Cooper, Mayor of the […]

New Head of Volunteer Services

Operation BBQ Relief is pleased to announce Brian Polak as the new Head of Volunteer Services, effective February 22, 2020.  Brian’s responsibilities include developing and managing all aspects of volunteer engagement and coordination, including strategies to encourage new or increased volunteerism, standard operating procedures for volunteer management tasks, and more.  As a certified Project Management […]