Columbia, South Carolina (Flooding) / 33,255 Meals over 10 Days

From the National Weather Service – A historic flooding event affected the Carolinas from October 1-5, 2015. A stalled front offshore combined with deep tropical moisture streaming northwest into the area ahead of a strong upper level low pressure system to the west and Hurricane Joaquin well to the east. This led to historic rainfall with widespread amounts of 15-20 inches and localized amounts over 25 inches, mainly in the Charleston tri-county area. Flash flooding was prevalant and led to significant damage to numerous properties and roads and many people having to be rescued by emergency personnel.

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Coal City, Illinois (Tornado) / 5510 Meals over 4 Days

A powerful summer storm that included at least nine tornadoes tore through north-central Illinois. Nine tornadoes were confirmed in northern Illinois, and a Coal City twister hit 160 mph.

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.

Wimberley, Texas (Flooding) / 8700 Meals over 7 Days

Memorial Day weekend flooding caused displacement. On Friday, May 29, volunteers served nearly 1100 meals at two locations: nearly 800 in Wimberley and nearly 300 in San Marcos in partnership with Kent Black’s BBQ. A much larger number of meals is expected to be served today.

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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.