Grand Bahama Island (Hurricane) / 88,515 Meals Over 15 Days

Operation BBQ Relief responded after Hurricane Dorian caused major damage in the Grand Bahamas. This deployment brought an additional dimension of logistical complexity as we were flying meals to their destination. Inclement weather and mechanical issues grounded planes unexpectedly, but that didn’t stop the prepared meals from being distributed locally. The Always Serving Project (our non-disaster arm) kicked into gear and delivered 9350 meals to First Responders and shelters in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Two major milestones occured during this deployment: OBR’s 3 Million Meal mark and our first International deployment.

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

Storms dumped more than 4 inches of rain on Tulsa within three hours caused widespread flooding along the swollen Arkansas River. Roughly 600 Tulsa structures were swamped after the flood.

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

The tornado that ripped through Linwood, Kansas was an EF4 storm with maximum winds of 170 mph. It was on the ground for more than 31 miles and had a maximum width of one mile. At least a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed in Linwood, Kansas and at least 18 injuries were reported in Douglas County.

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. The National Weather Service confirmed a “large and dangerous” tornado on the ground near the Dayton suburb of Trotwood in Montgomery County just after 11 p.m. The weather service issued 36 tornado warnings overnight that night across the region. About 68,000 households and businesses in the state were without power.

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

An EF-3 tornado caused severe damage to Franklin and Alto Texas. OBR worked with Emergency Management and the Salvation Army to serve meals to those affectedin both Franklin and Alto.

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. Historic flooding along the east bank of the Pecatonica River (cresting at 16.45′, the highest level since 1975) forced residents from their homes.

Fremont, Nebraska (Flood) / 15,830 Meals Over 18 Days

Heavy rains caused widespread flooding. In Nebraska, flood records have been shattered in 17 places.

Chico, California (Fire) / 5,225 Meals Over 6 Days

The Camp Fire in November 2018 was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history to date.

Tallahassee & Panama City, Florida (Hurricane) / 808,220 Meals Over 30 Days

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous US in terms of pressure. Michael made landfall as a high-end Category 4 hurricane. Hurricane-force wind gusts, heavy rainfall, and higher than normal tides along the gulf coast caused extensive damage.

Wilmington & Hope Mills, North Carolina (Hurricane) / 323,925 Meals Served Over 16 Days

Hurricane Florence caused severe damage in the Carolinas in September 2018, primarily as a result of freshwater flooding. Florence dropped a maximum total of 35.93 inches (913 mm) of rain in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, becoming the wettest tropical cyclone recorded in the Carolinas.

Operation BBQ Relief proudly served it’s 2,000,000 meal during this deployment.