Deployments Since 2011

Combining our skills as competition cooks, caterers and chefs to provide meals to those affected and first responders of disasters in the United States. Since 2011 our volunteers and teams have deployed for over 199 days in 21 states after 34 disasters.

  • When a disaster strikes, we evaluate multiple factors: size, destruction, people affected and services affected.  Based on what we learn, we determine whether or not to deploy and the estimated size, duration and needs.  At that time, notifications go out to our volunteers and state leads and we begin executing our standard operating procedures.
  • Operation BBQ Relief is surrounded by an incredible group of volunteers and supporters across the country who spring into action when disaster relief is needed.
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Deployments 2011 – 2019

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Decaturville, Tennessee (Tornado) / 3,250 Meals Over 2 Days

Powerful straight line winds knocked out power and caused property damage in Decatur County.

Petaluma, California (Fire) / 200 Meals Over 1 Day

The Kincade Fire has burned over 76,000 acres and as of October 30 was only 15% contained.

North Dallas, Texas (Tornado) / 1,450 Meals Over 2 Days

A powerful tornado hit parts of northern Dallas, knocking out power to more than 175,000 homes and businesses. The storm left a miles-long swath of destruction through Dallas.

Grand Bahama Island (Hurricane) / 88,515 Meals Over 15 Days

Operation BBQ Relief responded after Hurricane Dorian caused major damage in the Grand Bahamas. This deployment brought an additional dimension of logistical complexity as we were flying meals to their destination. Inclement weather and mechanical…

Tulsa, Oklahoma (Flood) / 7,950 Meals Over 7 Days

Storms dumped more than 4 inches of rain on Tulsa within three hours caused widespread flooding along the swollen Arkansas River. Roughly 600 Tulsa structures were swamped after the flood.

Linwood, Kansas (Tornado) / 2,000 Meals Over 2 Days

The tornado that ripped through Linwood, Kansas was an EF4 storm with maximum winds of 170 mph. It was on the ground for more than 31 miles and had a maximum width of one mile. At least a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed in Linwood, Kansas…

Dayton, Ohio (Tornado) / 15,172 Meals Over 6 Days

A severe storm system including tornadoes hit the Dayton, Ohio, area late evening on May 27. The National Weather Service confirmed a "large and dangerous" tornado on the ground near the Dayton suburb of Trotwood in Montgomery County just after…

Franklin & Alto, Texas (Tornado) / 1,960 Meals Over 3 Days

An EF-3 tornado caused severe damage to Franklin and Alto Texas. OBR worked with Emergency Management and the Salvation Army to serve meals to those affectedin both Franklin and Alto.