Signal Hill with Stan Hays Interview

Stan Hays is the Co-Founder of Operation BBQ Relief. Named one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2017, he and his team of volunteers have served more than one million meals for victims and first responders of natural disasters such as the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri; Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas and most recently, the California wildfires. Nick Vasos chats with Stan about what inspired him to start the nonprofit, how he is able to serve to the masses and his BBQ influences including a unique flavor… Alabama white sauce.

Listen to the interview here.

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CNN Heroes Tribute: Stan Hays

Watch the CNN Tribute for Stan Hays and Operation BBQ Relief below.

Stan Hays Named in Top 10 CNN Heroes

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Did You Know? Statistics

Since May 2011, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers have been deployed for 220 days, to 40 disasters in 22 states and have served 1,200,474 hot BBQ meals to those in need.

To serve almost 1.2 million meals it takes approximately:

  • 515,000 pounds of raw pork
  • 65,000 number #10 can of vegetables for sides
  • 75,000 – packages of hamburger buns
  • 50,000 full sized aluminum pans
  • 40,000 volunteer deployment hours donated to those communities in need

2016 Year in Review

7 Disasters in 6 States

In 2016, Operation BBQ Relief deployed to 7 disasters in 6 states.  Approximately 536,874 meals were served over 45 days.  The first deployment of the year in January was in response to flooding in St. Louis. In March, OBR deployed to Louisiana (Monroe, Shreveport and West Monroe) in response to flooding.  OBR was deployed there for 9 days and served over 58,000 meals.  In June, OBR responded to flooding in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, where over 30,000 meals were served over 8 days.  In July, OBR deployed to Eureka, Kansas after a tornado disaster.

The largest deployment of the year was in August, when OBR went to Hammond and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after massive flooding.  OBR spent 13 days serving over 313,000 meals.  In October, a hurricane hit Fayetteville and Lumberton, North Carolina.  OBR was deployed for 8 days, serving over 118,000 meals.  The last deployment of 2016 was to Gatlinburg, Tennesee in response to a massive fire.

We would like to thank all our volunteers and sponsors for their time and resources that help allow us to help those in need.  Thank you.