Nashville, Tennessee (Explosion) / 310 Meals Over 5 Days

Through the Operation Restaurant Relief program, we teamed up with Peg Leg Porker to provide BBQ meals to first responders and volunteers cleaning up the blast zone in Nashville following the explosion in downtown Nashville on December 25, 2020.

Lake Charles, Louisiana (Hurricane) / 32,795 Meals Over 7 Days

Hurricane Delta made landfall on Friday, October 9, with top winds of 100 mph. Hurricane Delta moved over Lake Charles, where Hurricane Laura damaged nearly every home and building in late August. While Delta was a weaker storm than Category 4 Laura, it brought significantly more flooding. The recovery from the double impact will be long for the community.

Ashland, Oregon (Wildfire) / 4,990 Meals Over 11 Days

Operation BBQ Relief provided meals from local restaurants for evacuees affected by the Oregon wildfires.  The meals provide hope and comfort for many families that have lost everything.

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 Day

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

Beaumont, Texas / 7,836 Meals Over 6 Days

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.