Days of Giving
Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

The Operation BBQ Relief team was on the ground in Columbia, S.C. on June 15, 2024 at the epic Southeastern BBQ Showdown! We partnered with legendary pitmaster Sunny Lynn Moody to host a BBQ Academy for military, veterans, first responders, and their family members....

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Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

Operation BBQ Relief volunteers, led by our Area Coordinator for Alabama Stephen Campbell, were hard at work on June 14 & 15, 2024 providing 300 meals to the veterans and staff at Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville, Ala. as part of the “BBQ With...

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Various Cities, Missouri

Various Cities, Missouri

When an event we were catering was canceled at the last minute in June 2024, Operation BBQ Relief Volunteers Mike and Elaine Moore made sure none of the food went to waste. They provided more than 100 hot barbecue meals to firefighters with the Kansas City Fire...

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Poway, California

Poway, California

On May 29, 2024, Operation BBQ Relief Volunteers Jeff Allen, Ronnie Gilman, and Andrew Steinmetz served 200 hot barbecue meals to first responders at the 2024 San Miguel Firefighters Charitable Golf Tournament in Poway, California. We also educated golf tournament...

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Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

During Memorial Day weekend on May 25, 2024, Operation BBQ Relief was proud to participate in the Clearwater Honorfest, an event honoring the memory of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We provided 250 hot barbecue meals to first...

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College Station, Texas

College Station, Texas

We were honored to support the Texas Search and Rescue Exercise (TX SAREX) on May 22, 2024, which brought together Texas Task Force 1, first responders, National Guard units, response agencies, and others during a training exercise at Texas A&M Engineering...

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Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

On May 10, 2024, we proudly partnered with the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation during their 19th Annual Memorial Weekend in Raleigh, N.C. Operation BBQ Relief volunteers, under the leadership of our Regional Director for Region 2 Louis Pratt, provided...

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Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

We were honored to support Arizona Trail Vets during their Veteran Volunteer Work Weekend April 25-28 in the Jacks Canyon area of the Arizona National Scenic Trail located in the Coconino National Forest. Our volunteers, led by Area Coordinator for Arizona Jerry...

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Feeding the Firefighters

Feeding the Firefighters

Starting on April 27, 2024, and into the first few weeks of May, our area coordinators and supporting volunteers successfully carried out our 2nd Annual “Feeding the Firefighters” initiative held in honor of International Firefighters’ Day on May 4. Throughout this...

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Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Operation BBQ Relief was proud to support the Travis Manion Foundation - Phoenix Chapter, The Mission Continues, Wounded Warrior Project, Team Red, White & Blue, and Team Rubicon at the Earth Day Operation Legacy Service Project in Phoenix, Ariz. on April 20,...

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Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

We were honored to support Friends of Freedom and The Heroes Journey at their “Generosity of Scars” workshop on April 13-14, 2024 in Phoenix, Arizona. This workshop provided veterans, police officers, first responders, family members of fallen heroes, and military...

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Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin, Tennessee

On Super Bowl weekend, Operation BBQ Relief Area Coordinator for Tennessee Steve Anderson and his team of volunteers were hard at work helping to smoke more than 700 pork butts for the Rotary Club of Franklin Noon annual “Super Butts” fundraiser located in Franklin,...

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

It’s not every day we get to thank both our human and equine police officers! On Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Jan. 9, 2024, Operation BBQ Relief Volunteers Andy Feest, Joe Clark, and their team provided 50 meals to mounted police officers attending training with...

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Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne, Indiana

On January 7, 2024, we continued our commitment to serving our heroes in uniform and their families year-round through The Always Serving Project, when Operation BBQ Relief Volunteer Chris Wilson and his team provided 300 meals to members of the Indiana Army National...

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Travis Manion Foundation’s Army Navy Tailgate

Travis Manion Foundation’s Army Navy Tailgate

In a very special Always Serving Project event, volunteers from the Northeast traveled to Foxborough, Mass., to provide more than 3,000 meals to Military, Veterans, Families of the Fallen, and their supporters at Travis Manion Foundation’s Army vs. Navy Tailgate. It...

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Thanksgiving 2023

Thanksgiving 2023

This Thanksgiving, dedicated Operation BBQ Relief volunteers in North Carolina and Tennessee hosted two Days of Giving events bringing hot meals to nearly 4,000 people! In Hickory, N.C. Scott Jarett, his team, and Hickory Soup Kitchen provided Thanksgiving meals for...

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Veterans Day 2023

Veterans Day 2023

In November 2023, Operation BBQ Relief provided 4,850 hot meals to Veterans and Military Service Members across 12 states in honor of Veterans Day! Thanks so much to all of our volunteers and community partners who made these events possible. We were honored to give...

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Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina

On Saturday September 9th, 2023 Operation BBQ Relief and a few North Carolina disaster partners (Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh - Cape Fear, Legal Aid of North Carolina - Wilmington, & New Hanover County Emergency Management) worked together for a...

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

On Friday, August 4, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers were on the ground at U.S. Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City in North Carolina, celebrating the U.S. Coast Guard’s 233rd birthday! They served 5,000 meals to active duty and retired Coast Guardsmen, their family...

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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

On Saturday, July 29, 2023 Operation BBQ Relief served 550 meals at the All In Kansas City Back to School Event, sponsored by Kansas City-area Starbucks stores. In addition to free meals, the event provided backpacks, school supplies, groceries, haircuts, and more to...

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Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

In July, Operation BBQ Relief The Always Serving Project volunteers served lunch to 160 veterans at the Asheville VA Medical Center in North Carolina, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing...

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Multiple Cities

Multiple Cities

Members of the Operation BBQ Relief Area Coordinator Program participated in a Feeding Firefighters Day of Giving event. Our goal was to feed firefighters across the country. Coordinators provided meals to firefighters from the East Coast to the West Coast, providing...

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Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Operation BBQ Relief hosted Days of Giving on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach on St. Patrick's Day. It was a beautiful day to serve the one hot meal that matters. We were grateful to be joined by many of our volunteers and supporters, including the Mayor of...

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Sanibel, Florida

Sanibel, Florida

Operation BBQ Relief hosted Days of Giving on Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach on St. Patrick's Day. It was a beautiful day to serve the one hot meal that matters. We are grateful to be joined by many volunteers and supporters including the Mayor of Sanibel Island...

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Hazard, Kentucky

Hazard, Kentucky

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Ashbritt, Food City and Carhartt to provide Christmas dinners to communities in Eastern Kentucky! After providing over 129,000 meals following the historic flood, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers and staff returned to provide holiday...

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Montvale, New Jersey

Montvale, New Jersey

Operation BBQ Relief hosted a Day of Giving in Montvale, NJ.  5000 meals were provided to the homeless and communities in Paterson,  Bergen, and Rockland Counties. Thank you to sponsors Wegmans and Hotel Nyack for supporting the event!

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Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Operation BBQ Relief thanks Weber Grills, National Turkey Federation, Martin's Famous Potato Rolls and Bread, and West Liberty Foods for teaming up to provide 4000 Thanksgiving Dinners to Marillac St. Vincent Family Services in Chicago. "Thank you for the turkey...

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Hickory, North Carolina

Hickory, North Carolina

Operation BBQ Relief provided Thanksgiving Dinners for families at Hickory Soup Kitchen in Hickory, NC. "After volunteering with Operation BBQ Relief since 2016 at numerous deployments and events, I have experienced moments that have touched my heart.  As we were...

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Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

Families and communities are still rebuilding following the historic devastation from Hurricane Ian.  Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Carhartt and FISH of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. to provide Thanksgiving meals for the residents in Sanibel Island!  Thank you Carhartt...

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Toms River, New Jersey

Toms River, New Jersey

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with DRJ Catering to host a Day of Giving in Toms River, NJ at The HOPE Center.  Five hundred hot BBQ meals were served to local residents. "It was so great to once again support the Hope Center. During the past five years, we served...

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with the United States Coast Guard Aviation Logistics team in Elizabeth City, NC for a 75th Anniversary celebration. Operation BBQ Relief shared pit master techniques with the Junior Culinary Specialist Coast Guard team while cooking...

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Smithville, Missouri

Smithville, Missouri

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Seaboard Foods and Prairie Fresh to provide a BBQ lunch for Ability KC at the Day at the Lake event in Smithville, MO. Ability KC provides opportunities for individuals with spinal cord injuries, amputations, and other disabilities...

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St. Clair County, Illinois

St. Clair County, Illinois

Operation BBQ Relief cooked BBQ meals for members of the military and their families on Family Day at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, IL. Operation BBQ Relief volunteers were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their generosity by the United...

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Campbellsville, Kentucky

Campbellsville, Kentucky

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Manchester Tank and Equipment to share the healing power of BBQ with Campbellsville Fire & Rescue and Campbellsville Taylor County EMS!  Thank you to the volunteers and staff that helped provide a delicious meal and highlighted...

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Hunstville, Alabama

Hunstville, Alabama

Operation BBQ Relief shared the healing power of BBQ with active and retired members of the military and their families at the Floyd E. "Tut" Fann Veterans Home in Huntsville, AL.  We are honored to serve those who serve us.  Thank you to all the volunteers who...

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Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation and  Smokey Dave's BBQ to serve 200 meals to the families of fallen firefighters from the state of North Carolina.  We are honored to serve those who serve us and their families. 

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Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Operation BBQ Relief served lunch at the state of Florida Emergency Operations Center during their mock disaster. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff members that helped share the healing power of BBQ with the emergency management teams.

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Gardner, Kansas

Gardner, Kansas

"Operation BBQ Relief was privileged to serve a VIP dinner to veterans, active military members, and their families. The dinner was hosted by FISH - Friends In Service of Heroes. It is always an honor to cook and serve a meal to those that have given so much. We were...

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Mayfield, Kentucky

Mayfield, Kentucky

Operation BBQ Relief volunteers and staff returned to Mayfield, Kentucky to team up with the Gary Sinise Foundation to host an appreciation dinner for first responders.  We are reminded of the powerful impact of a hot meal for communities that are still recovering...

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Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with community leaders in Tampa, FL to share the healing power of BBQ and raise awareness for the fight on hunger.

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San Diego, California

San Diego, California

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Farmers Insurance to provide hot BBQ meals to our nation's heroes at the Armed Services YMCA San Diego. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve those who serve us.

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Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Operation BBQ Relief hosted a Day of Giving at Westy's in Memphis, TN for the homeless. Thank you to the incredible team of volunteers with big hearts that served up delicious hot meals with sides of hope, friendship, and compassion.

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Northern Bergen County, New Jersey

Northern Bergen County, New Jersey

Operation BBQ Relief hosted a Day of Giving in northern New Jersey. The event was spearheaded by Regional Director Marc Mangano and a team of dedicated volunteers on the east coast. 3000 meals were distributed to communities in need, shelters, and homebound seniors....

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Urich, Missouri

Urich, Missouri

Operation BBQ Relief served meals for veterans participating in the 2nd Annual MO Vets Outdoors Duck Hunt at DuckHorn Lodge.  The event was a great opportunity for camaraderie and friendship for our nation's heroes. We are honored to serve those who serve us.

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Shreveport, Louisiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

Operation BBQ Relief and the Giving BAK Foundation cooked and sliced Butterball turkey for Shreveport, LA residents on Thanksgiving.  4000 total meals were distributed at The Salvation Army Shreveport-Bossier, Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission, and Food Bank of...

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Hickory, North Carolina

Hickory, North Carolina

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Hickory Soup Kitchen to provide smoked turkeys to local residents in North Carolina. "We could not have provided these smoked turkeys without the help of Operation BBQ Relief.  Thank you very much for helping us make this event...

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Sonoma County, California

Sonoma County, California

Mission accomplished with the Mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri and The Guy Fieri Foundation! 5000 "off the hook" Thanksgiving Dinners were cooked and delivered in northern California!  Special thanks to Butterball, King's Hawaiian, and Clover Sonoma for the generous...

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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Hope Faith to provide hot BBQ meals on Veterans Day to veterans experiencing homelessness  in the Kansas City area.  We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our nation's heroes.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with the Gary Sinise Foundation to share the healing power of BBQ with staff and veterans at Fayetteville VA NC Coastal Health Care System.  We are honored to serve those who serve us.

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Toms River, New Jersey

Toms River, New Jersey

Operation BBQ Relief hosted a Day of Giving in Toms River, NJ that served 1000 hot meals to local residents. "This is our fourth year back helping feed our community that one hot meal that matters. It is always amazing to see what that hot meal can do for someone and...

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Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Area Coordinator Tony Olive, Pitmaster Andrew Darneille, and Smokecraft Modern Barbecue to provide 300 BBQ meals to members of the military and their families in Fort Belvoir, VA.  We are honored to serve those who serve us.

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San Diego, California

San Diego, California

Operation BBQ Relief volunteers served 600 BBQ meals to first responders at the United States Police and Fire Championships in San Diego, California. We are honored to serve the one hot meal that matters to those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.

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Hillsville, Virginia

Hillsville, Virginia

Operation BBQ Relief cooked delicious BBQ meals for the Daughters of the American Revolution in Hillsville, Virginia. The Daughters of the American Revolution then delivered those meals to homebound veterans.

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Toms River, New Jersey

Toms River, New Jersey

Operation BBQ Relief served 500 meals working with The HOPE Center and DRJ Catering. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for making this event a success. "We deeply appreciate Operation BBQ Relief's commitment to our community in this time of need." - Mayor Maurice...

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Roxboro, North Carolina

Roxboro, North Carolina

Operation BBQ Relief hosted a day of giving with Smokey Dave's BBQ in Roxboro, NC to provide 300 meals to first responders in Person County. We are honored to serve those who serve us!

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Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Operation BBQ Relief provided over 1000 holiday meals in Memphis, TN. Thank you to Westy's, Lindenwood Christian Church, and volunteers that helped share the one hot meal that matters during the holiday season. The meals helped provide hope, friendship, and compassion...

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Shreveport, Louisana

Shreveport, Louisana

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with the Giving BAK Foundation to provide over 3000 turkey meals in Shreveport, LA to Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission and The Salvation Army Shreveport-Bossier.

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Toms River, New Jersey

Toms River, New Jersey

Operation BBQ Relief served 1000 meals to the community in Toms River, New Jersey. "We are so happy to be helping out our town and our neighbors. It is amazing to see what a hot meal can do to nourish the soul." -David Keith, Owner, DRJ Catering, Operation BBQ Relief...

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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Operation BBQ Relief provided 150 meals at Community LINC. Participants visited with Santa while enjoying hot chocolate and delicious desserts. Community LINC's mission is to end homelessness, impact poverty, and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for the families...

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Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Operation BBQ Relief conducted a Day Of Giving at Ft. Bragg, NC to feed 1,200 members of the Special Warfare Medical Group. These troops are some of the most highly trained and specialized individuals in the military.

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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Operation BBQ Relief hosted a Day of Giving with Farmers Insurance. It was Farmers Insurance’s 90th Anniversary, and they worked to do 90,000 acts of kindness. We served meals in conjunction with the Veterans Community Project.

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Whiteman AFB, Missouri

Whiteman AFB, Missouri

Operation BBQ Relief prepared a Military Appreciation Holiday Dinner for nearly 225 military members and their families near Whiteman Air Force Base.

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New Harmony, Indiana

New Harmony, Indiana

Operation BBQ Relief volunteers worked with New Harmony's Community Outreach to hand out Butterball Turkeys to families in need.

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Smithville, Missouri

Smithville, Missouri

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Seaboard Foods. We prepared lunch for individuals and volunteers at Ability KC’s A Day at the Lake event. Seaboard Foods employees and Operation BBQ Relief volunteers served lunch to approximately 250 individuals involved in the...

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Paterson, New Jersey

Paterson, New Jersey

Operation BBQ Relief volunteers gathered at Eva's Village for a memorable Easter Sunday Day of Giving. They did a terrific job preparing and serving a delicious meal to residents of the facility.

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Louisiana

Louisiana

Louisiana State Lead Bryan Roppolo celebrated Operation BBQ Relief Day of Giving by preparing over 1200 Thanksgiving meals in partnership with The Salvation Army USA. We are thankful for all of the volunteers who gave up their holiday to help others.

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