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 – 2018

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Tallahassee & Panama City, Florida (Hurricane) / 808,220 Meals Over 30 Days

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous US in terms of pressure. Michael made landfall as a high-end Category 4 hurricane. Hurricane-force wind gusts, heavy rainfall, and higher than…

Wilmington & Holly Springs, North Carolina (Hurricane) / 323,925 Meals Served Over 16 Days

Hurricane Florence caused severe damage in the Carolinas in September 2018, primarily as a result of freshwater flooding. Florence dropped a maximum total of 35.93 inches (913 mm) of rain in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, becoming the wettest…

Montrose, Pennsylvania (Flood) / 1,950 Meals Over 3 Days

Multiple days of heavy rain caused flash flooding Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

Redding, CA (Fire) / 20,553 Meals Over 9 Days

The Carr fire began on July 23, and burned more than 218,000 acres.  It caused evacuations of over 36,000 people in the surrounding communities.

Moro, Oregon (Fire) / 2,000 Meals Over 3 Days

The Substation fire burned approximately 80,000 acres.

Eureka, Kansas (Tornado) / 1,505 Meals Over 2 Days

On Tuesday evening, a tornado ripped through the small town of Eureka, KS for a second time in less than two years. By Wednesday afternoon, Operation BBQ Relief volunteers were on the ground preparing hot BBQ meals for those affected and the…

Jacksonville | Southside, Alabama (Tornado) / 1,875 Meals Over 4 Days

On March 19, 2018, an EF-3 tornado hit Jacksonville, Alabama, bringing with it winds around 140 mph.

Aurora, Indiana (Flooding) / 500 Meals over 1 Day

Heavy rains caused Ohio River flooding in Aurora, Indiana.