Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Train Derailment) / 500 Meals Over 1 Day

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Kirkland and Fairdale, Illinois (Tornado) / 5,700 Meals over 2 Days

An EF4 “Wedge” tornado (multiple vortex) that was up to 1/2 mile and stayed on the ground for 52 miles touched down in Rochelle, about 75 miles west of Chicago Thursday evening at about 6:45 p.m., and then moved on to Fairdale, 25 miles northeast, just south of Rockford, leaving much damage in its wake.

We would like to say a special thank you to the Kirkland Fire Department (Deputy Chief Stott) 3891 IL-72 Kirkland, IL 60146. They provided our site location, firehouse amenities, and pretty much anything we needed from them without question or fail.  In addition to Chief Stott providing the FD house and site, thanks also to Mary Stott (his wife, who was the Volunteer Coordinator and my chief contact for food needs), as well Howard Manka (Fireman, one of my key contacts, hooked us up with Inbodens for discounted meat, brought us television media attention, and made sure we were taken care of).

Corporate Involvement:

Inboden’s Meat Market 1106 N. 1st St Dekalb, IL 60115

OBR Participants /BBQ Teams involved included:

Brian Polak, Sean Young, Larry Pharher, Greg Redford, Chris Bloome, Brian Bury, Jeff Baldwin, Joseph Grosshauser, Patrick Dennin, Scott Broaddus, Ron Lewen, Amy Lewen, Kristen Lewen, Nick Violette, Bill Klimah, Nancy Klimah, Colin Monk

We apologize if you or your company is not listed, things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen. If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list. Email us at info@operationbbqrelief.org.

Washington, Illinois (Tornado) / 25,600 Meals over 6 Days

WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling said it may go down as one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in decades. “It appears the storm may have produced the most powerful Illinois November tornado on record outside of St. Louis (and possibly elsewhere) and may be one of the four most intense Great Lakes storms of the past five decades,” he said.  Illinois Governor Quinn later declared seven counties disaster areas. After working with local contacts in order to determine the best location to deploy to, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers as well as volunteers from the Illinois BBQ Alliance were in Washington by Tuesday. After setting up and firing up the smokers, volunteers were able to send out 1,300 meals the first day. On Friday, the funeral for the only Washington fatality was held, OBR volunteers were asked to cater the memorial service.

On Saturday, November 23rd, Operation BBQ Relief surpassed a milestone. In a short thirty months since our formation after the Joplin MO tornado, we served our 500,000th meal. At the conclusion of the six day deployment, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers served 25,600 meals to tornado victims and first responders.

Sponsors: 
OBR Participants:
Jasen & Leslie Adam, Dave Richards, Ron Nunes, Tim Hester, Kevin Friedrich, Colette Deeb, Tim McChesney, Dottie McChesney, Wendy Lehman, JoLynn Truckenbrod, Jason Gwathney, John Wheeler, John Shields, Rob Marion, David McChesney, Brian Polak, Jeff Olson, Rich Jones, Hap Zook, Ron Helms, Jeff Parmele, Margo Nelsen, Shannon Gaunt, Jim Atkinson, Jan Kang, Gary Weigand, Cara Fittrof, Andrew Fittrof, Stephanie Renken, Mike Carson, Taylor Johnson, Elva Davila, Desiree Medina, Caitlyn Kurinsky, Beth Deynolds, Nathan Apodea, Tom Lenning, Bob Brown, Brandon Brown, Jeff Deeds, Andy Burch, Janeva Godby, Mike Therry, Casey Lehman, Sherri Johnson, Tim Johnson, Zach Boland, Tiffani Dutten, Jeromy Brown, Ron Parmele, Kathryn Walter, Eric Engel, Jenni Volk, Joel Bailey, Laura Trckenbrod, Katherine Gross, Liz Curley, Brianna Brown, Cam McChesney, Paul Meister, Ecan McNamera, Jerry Renken, Laura Davis, Megan Dicianan
BBQ Teams involved included:
82’s BBQ, Illinois BBQ Alliance, Designated Smokin’ Area, Bone-Head BBQ, Trails End Smokehouse
We apologize if you or your company is not listed, things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org.

Wayne, Nebraska (Tornado) / 1,000 Meals over 1 Day

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Pilger, Nebraska (Twin Tornados) / 6,800 Meals over 4 Days

Rare twin tornadoes raked across northeast Nebraska. They were part of an outbreak of twisters that virtually wiped Pilger off the land and left a path of death and destruction. The 60-mile swath stretched from near Stanton to the edge of Sioux City, Iowa.  The National Weather Service rated the larger tornado that tore through Pilger as an EF4, capable of causing devastating damage with winds of 166 to 200 mph. The parallel twister was an EF2.  The tornadoes killed two people and injured at least 20 others, some critically.

Teams and Individuals involved included:
Troy Youngblood, Ethen Youngblood, Mike Hogan, Amanda Hogan, Ben Zaayer, Charley Zaayer, Dave Feder, Blane Hunter, Don Truckenbrod, Dennis Truckenbrod, Mike Pickette, Dillon Pickette, Christy Davis, Christopher Tierney, Cyndi Russell, Lisa Reda, Rachel Lacy, Chelby Fricke, Matt Hoernemann, Heather Hoernemann, Gabbie Hoernemann, Leslie Gunning-Scofield, Mark Buse, Kathy Buse, Tonya Carpenter, Allen Jackson, Mark Stoffel, Lynette Stoffel, Ashley Iburg, Lindsay Thomson, Mike Burris, Nicole Burris, Travis Johnson, Grant Mapel, Sherry Mapel, Tanya Hollman, Chelsea Kallenbach, Macy Gotschall

Corporate Involvement and Contributions: 

Camo Cowboys BBQ Omaha Nebraska, Pork Patrol BBQ Omaha Nebraska, Porky Butts BBQ Valley Nebraska, Big Machine BBQ West Point Nebraska, TWSS BBQ Omaha Nebraska, Casey’s West Point Nebraska, Wells Blue Bunny Lemars Iowa, Geno’s Steakhouse Wayne Nebraska, Pac N Save Wayne Nebraska, Rotella’s Bakery Omaha Nebraska, The Cure Omaha Nebraska, A1 Heating And Air Omaha Nebraska, Werner Enterprises Omaha Nebraska, Lisa Alfrey Omaha Nebraska, Cyndi Ussell Omaha Nebraska, Jolynn Schwisow Omaha Nebraska, Lisa Reda Omaha Nebraska, Lou’s Norfolk Nebraska, Hockenbergs Omaha Nebraska, The Omson Co Grand Island Nebraska, Cargill Columbus Nebraska, Hadley Braithwait Columbus Nebraska, Jackson Services Columbus Nebraska, Tielke Sandwiches Norfolk Nebraska, Applebees Norfolk Nebraska

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org.

Tupelo, Mississippi (Tornado) / 6,025 Meals over 4 Days

On April 28, 2014, Tupelo, home to 35,000 residents, suffered a direct hit from a violent weather system. Winds were reported up to 170 mph, with the Tupelo tornado estimated to be 1 mile wide.

Corporate Involvement: 
Big Poppa Smokers
Ole Hickory Pits
AmeriGas
Gordon Food Service
17th Street BBQ

BBQ Teams involved included:

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Louisville, Mississippi (Tornado) / 11,060 Meals over 5 Days

On Monday, April 28 an EF-4 tornado struck Winston County, cutting a swath of destruction through the county and into parts of the city of Louisville.

Corporate Involvement: 
Big Poppa Smokers
Ole Hickory Pits
AmeriGas
Gordon Food Service
17th Street BBQ

BBQ Teams involved included:

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org.

Mayflower, Arkansas (Tornado) / 23,400 Meals over 7 Days

Early on April 27, 2014, a cold front from the Rocky Mountains descended on the Plains, fueling intense thunderstorms that spun out a powerful tornado. Beginning at 7 p.m., the twister cut a swath of destruction through the small towns of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. Sixteen people were killed and 400 to 500 homes were destroyed. The tornado left a 41-mile (66 kilometer) trail of destruction. It was classified with an EF4 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, meaning it had winds that were between 267-322 kilometers (166-200 miles) per hour.

Corporate Involvement: 
Big Poppa Smokers
Ole Hickory Pits
AmeriGas
Gordon Food Service
17th Street BBQ

OBR Participants:
John Wheeler, Paul Peterson, Alex Knight

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org.

Longmont, Colorado (Flooding) / 11,150 Meals over 6 Days

Around September 11th, clouds and heavy rain had started to roll in along Colorado Front Range, a 130 mile long area along the eastern slope of the Rockies stretching from Fort Collins south past Denver & Colorado Springs.

In a three day period, 9-1/2 inches of rain fell on Boulder, a city that usually receives just 1-1/2 inches for the entire month of September. The resulting runoff, caused raging floods that affected a 4,500 square-mile area, an area bigger than the state of Connecticut.

Thousands of people have been left homeless and at least 10 dead. After the flood waters had receeded a bit and officials gave the go ahead for relief workers to enter the area. Operation BBQ Relief volunteers from the surrounding area established a command center in the town of Longmont CO.

OBR volunteer Scott Nix, of Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ was one of the first on the scene along with members of the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association. Once the smokers were setup and food started cooking, OBR volunteers were able to put out about 1,850 hot meals to people who had not had a hot meal in several days. On Sunday the group provided approximately 2,100 meals for a group of people that had just come down from the mountainous areas. At the conclusion of the six day deployment, OBR volunteers cooked 11,150 hot meals and left additional food behind for local groups to cook throughout the week.

Sponsors:
Rubbin’ Buttz BBQCargillCitiImpact MissionsHuwa Reserve Natural Beef, Emerald Bakeries, Fruita Wood Chunks, Ruff’s BBQ Shoppe, ACE Hardware of Highlands Ranch, Ole Hickory Pits, Famous Dave’s BBQ of Ft. Collins, Breckenridge Brewery, Golden Toad

OBR Participants:

Steve Nix, Steven Marrs, Todd Jilbet, Ken King, Dave Stout, Beth Lenz, Mark Lenz, Laura Jay, Michael Ulrich, Nick Walmer, Craig Darnell, Bill Maes, Larry Pitzer, Mark Shook, Mark Strachan, Chuck Marting, Jay Wolf, Keith Segura, Mike Bratton, Jason Ganahl, LifeBridge Church volunteers

BBQ Teams involved included:

Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ, The Denver Cajun BBQ Krewe, Golden Toad, Peace Pit BBQ, Pig Floyd, Stars & Stripes BBQ, Rib-It, Patriots BBQ, Bossman BBQ, GQue, Lizzie Q, Wolfy and the Hog Heaters, Pig Love BBQ

We apologize if you or your company is not listed, things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list.  Email us at  info@operationbbqrelief.org.

Moore, Oklahoma (Tornado) / 143,000 Meals over 12 Days

On May 20, 2013, an EF-5 tornado struck Moore, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. The tornado was part of a massive weather system that had produced thunderstorms and smaller tornadoes over previous days. The tornado touched down just before 3:00 p.m. CDT, crossing through a heavily populated area of Moore over a 17-mile path for 39 minutes. The tornado followed a similar track to the Bridge Creek-Moore tornado that struck the area in 1999.

The tornado touched down at an EF-0 intensity west of Newcastle and rapidly intensified to an EF-4 within ten minutes. As it headed toward Moore through more rural areas, the intensity level lessened to an EF-2 strength before it reintensified to an EF-5 strength before hitting Moore. Buildings were completely destroyed, and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reported 1150 homes destroyed and $2 billion in damages.

Both Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency, and federal aid was dispatched to the area.

Operation BBQ Relief deployed on May 21, arriving in Moore in the afternoon and served 12,000 meals on that first day. Throughout the 12-day deployment, volunteers served 143,000 meals, the largest operation to date. With another small tornado passing through the area on May 31, the volunteers took shelter but still put out meals when they were given the all-clear.

The outpouring of support from volunteers was tremendous. Prior to the main team’s arrival in Moore, OBR volunteer Jeff Hughes and supporters got 5000 lunches out to police, fire and EMS workers. Our website received over one million hits on the first day from supporters wanting to help out. On Saturday, May 25, OBR put out 26,000 meals. Had Saturday been an operation on its own, it would have been our fourth largest operation since our founding two years ago.

Sponsors:

Sam’s Club, Seaboard Farms, Ben E Keith, Cargill, Coca Cola Products, Flowers Baking Company, CitiImpact Ministries, Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, BBQrs Delight, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, Big Poppa Smokers, Ronda Allen and the Nodding Donkey, Mercury One, Resers Fine Foods, Cookshack Inc., AdvancePierre Foods

OBR Participants:

Aaron Harte, Adam Colvin, Allejandro Santana, Allen Phelps, Aloneo Martinez, Andrea Douglas, Angeles Castaneda, Ann Dotson, April Colvin, April Terry, Ashely Bates, Ashley Rose, Audrey McCaulley, Austin O’Dell, Austin Quinn, Beka Goad, Bill Schmieding, Billy Rich, Bonnie Jackson, Brad Huddleston, Brad Shonda, Braden Shonda, Brandi Hurley, Brandon Bates, Brenda Searles, Brian Bird, Briana Landers, Britni White, Brooklynn Medley, Bryan Mulligan, Candice Gabriel, Candice Nieboer, Candy Melendez, CathyGerdes, Charlie Moore, Chase/Emma Price, Chasity Busby, Chris Bell, Chris Huggins, Chris Robinson, Chris Whitekiller, Christian Sloan, Christian Sloan, Christian Weston, Christina Griffiths, Christine Gonzales, Christy Davis, Cindi Marlon, Cody Landers, Cody Mandrino, Collin Sanders, Dan Childs, Daphne/Nathan Hester, Dennis Quinn, Devon Yost, Doc Kenneson, Don Childs, Don Fikes, Don & Peg Truckenbrod, Donna Prince, Erika Huggins, Erin Harwell, Erin/Madison/Reagan Dulle, Frances Johnson, Geneva McCaulley, George/Debbie Slosky, Greg Landers, Hadie Dust, Jack Langham, Jacob Masterson, Jacob Prince, Jake Chambers, James Anderson, James Bates, James Chaffin, Jammi Nuttoul, Janet Beaver, Jase Fink, Jason Bryan, Jason Craig, Jason Gwathney, Jeff Toney, Jennifer Chaffin, Jenny Chaffin, Jeremy Hester, Jerrold/Kari Unruh, Jessica Chambers, Jim Chaffin, Jim Kerklend, Joan Cheever, Joe/Elaine Megert, John Donohue, John Dust, John Long, John Varner, John Wheeler, Jon/Trudy Eikenberry, Joshua Manson, Jr Busby, JT Sybert, Julia Sterr, Julie Rose, Justin Morgan, Kaci French, Kadie Hays, Kaithlyn Michaels, Kaitlyn Rollins, Kara Medley, Kathryn Gillian, Kathy/Emily/Sam Alvarez, Katie Kahmann, Kaylyn Shonda, Kaytlin Zimpfer, Keci McKendrick, Kesha Adams, Keysia Curry, Kilee Nieboer, Kim Kite, Kim Zinpfer, Kori Dunn, Kris Christina Baker, Kristi/Greg Powers, Kristie Anderson, Kristin Morgan, Kyle Taylor, Lainie Burton, Lance McAfee, Lane Kasselman, Lani Kasselman, Laremy Zaring, Lesa Weston, Leticia Lomo, Leticia Rodriguez, Lisa Adams, Lisa Lynch, Logan Shonda, Lori Freese, Lori Freese, Lori Hodges, Luke Pappas, Luke Walker, Lynda Wessell, Lynnette Robinson, Macy Landers, Malinda Box, Margot Gorrin, Mark Enix, Mark Johnson, Martin Garcia, Martin Harding, Mary Jones, Mary Shaffer, Masen Fords, Matthew Mullies, Max Kokinda, Melissa Clark, Melissa Garcia, Michell Uster, Michelle Hayes, Michelle Kenworthy, Michelle Mandrino, Mike Bullock, Mikel Hogg, Nancy Sparks, Pablo Ortiz Jr., Pat Fikes, Paul Peterson, Paul/Haley Abbot & Daisy Dippett, Phil Gabriel, Phil Kite, Pop’s Smokehouse, Rachael/Isaac Munson, Rachel Patton, RaDawn, Ray Baker, Rebecca Blackwell, Rebecca Lewis, Reisa Rodriguez, Rex Long, Rick Clark, Robert Gonz, Robyn Lacasse, Roger/Peyton Groom, Ron/Miriam Brewster, Rosario Canales, Ryan Alden, Ryan Garcia, Samantha Baker, Samantha Marquie, Sarah Leatherland, Scott Guy, Shannon Melancon, Shawna Baker, Sherry/Steve Morgan, Singi Bowen, Stacie Nieboer, Stacy Ferguson, Stacy Tac, Steve Kite, Sue/Bill Riner, Susan Schmieding, Sydney Allsbury, Tara/Ethan Sullivan, Taylor Ellis, Taylor Garcia, Taylor Johnson, Taylor Neiboer, Theresa Germany, Tiffany Alamz, Tom Moore, Tonya DeLoera, Traci Kaiwdl, Traci Swinney, Travis Clark, Trevor Hoheisel, Trisha Moore, Troy/Julia Ellefson, Troy YoungBlood,Ty Smith, Tyler Crawford, Tyler Lewis, Vanessa Tijerina, Vhaliyah Ledbetter, Victoria Burns, Warren Monnich, Whiney Pugh, Whit Syben, Yvette DeShazer

BBQ Teams involved included:

Sticks and Chicks, County Line Smokers, Smokin Bad Habit, Butcher BBQ, Big Fish BBQ, Natural Born Grillers, Boars Night Out, Smokin Okie, Smoker Builder, Big Poppa Smokers, Camo Cowboys BBQ, Pork Patrol BBQ, Clark Crew BBQ

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen. If you or your company is not listed, please let us know so we can add you to the list. Email us at info@operationbbqrelief.org.