Orange Beach, Alabama (Hurricane) / 63,655 Meals Over 7 Days

On September 16, Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama. There was widespread wind damage, storm surge flooding, and over 20 inches of rainfall.

Cantonment, Florida (Hurricane) / 500 Meals Over 1 Days

Hurricane Sally was a very destructive Atlantic hurricane. Heavy rainfall and storm surge flooding caused major damage.

Beaumont, Texas / 7,836 Meals Over 6 Day

Operation BBQ Relief served those who served us in Beaumont, TX following Hurricane Laura.  Our team cooked delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner for members of the  U.S. Army and EMS.

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 least 42 people in the U.S. and inflicted an estimated $10 billion in damages.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Derecho) / 70,360 Meals Over 10 Days

On August 10, a derecho, a violent thunderstorm complex with winds over 100 mph, devastated scores of communities in Iowa. Cedar Rapids, a city of more than 130,000 people, was among the hardest-hit areas.

Clemson, South Carolina (Tornado) / 200 Meals Over 1 Day

A tornado hit South Carolina on April 13, 2020. The EF3 tornado touched down for 16 miles, wrecking hundreds of homes.

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 to home, as our own Director of Disaster Coordination, Dewayne Daniel, lives in the area. After ensuring his own family and home were okay, Dewayne put on his OBR hat and shifted gears, talking with local authorities and assessing feeding needs immediately the following day.

While most of the areas were self-sufficient, OBR was proud to provide 1700 meals, with the help of Q49 Smokehouse, to first responders and impacted residents.

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 Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. “In times of hardship, Nashvillians have always been able to count on the support of our neighbors and friends. A hot meal, a warm smile, and a kind word can make a world of difference to those who are working to rebuild their homes and their communities.”

Operation BBQ Relief was fortunate to have the Tennessee Titans organization allow us to set up the command center outside Nissan Stadium.  For eight straight days, Operation BBQ Relief cooked BBQ around the clock and provided 60,780 hot BBQ meals and donated another 60,000 uncooked meals to the city of Nashville and surrounding communities. Thank you to all our donors and volunteers that helped further our efforts to provide the healing power of BBQ.

Decaturville, Tennessee (Tornado) / 3,250 Meals Over 2 Days

Powerful storms with straight line winds and flooding rains swept through Tennessee on October 26th, 2019. Many residents had to go to shelters, and those who could remain home were left without power and dealing with storm damage. The American Red Cross of Tennessee reached out to Operation BBQ Relief for assistance with providing hot meals to those in need.

Deploying a local team and working out of our Memphis warehouse, we provided the healing power of BBQ 3250 times over 2 days throughout McNairy and Decatur Counties. Our food was distributed to shelters and to many communities by both American Red Cross mobile feeding vehicles and by OBR Volunteers, ensuring impacted residents, First Responders, and volunteers received the One Hot Meal That Matters.

Petaluma, California (Fire) / 200 Meals Over 1 Day

Seasonal winds fanned the flames of wildfires across California vegetation dried out due to delayed Fall rains. The Kincade Fire was the largest of the 2019 California wildfires, burning over 77,000 acres. When mandatory evacuations around Sonoma County, CA, were put in place, OBR was asked to come
help feed those impacted.

We immediately deployed a local team to Petaluma, CA, where we fed 200 hot meals to impacted residents in shelters and to First Responders. Within 24 hours, firefighters were able to improve containment enough that the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office lifted some and downgraded other evacuation orders in connection with the Kincade Fire, allowing residents to go back to their homes.

This deployment was a great reminder that regardless of the number of days deployed or the total number of meals provided, it’s all about providing the One Hot Meal that Matters.