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 394 days in 26 states after 66 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 – 2020

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Orange Beach, Alabama (Hurricane) / 63,655 Meals Over 7 Days

On September 16, Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama. There was widespread wind damage, storm surge flooding, and over 20 inches of rainfall.

Cantonment, Florida (Hurricane) / 500 Meals Over 1 Days

Hurricane Sally was a very destructive Atlantic hurricane. Heavy rainfall and storm surge flooding caused major damage.

Beaumont, Texas / 7,836 Meals Over 6 Day

Operation BBQ Relief served those who served us in Beaumont, TX following Hurricane Laura.  Our team cooked delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner for members of the  U.S. Army and EMS.

Lake Charles, Louisiana (Hurricane) / 379,591 Meals Over 21 Days

Hurricane Laura was a deadly and damaging Category 4 hurricane, that tied the 1856 Last Island hurricane as the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Louisiana. Early on August 27, Laura made landfall near peak intensity. This was…

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Derecho) / 70,360 Meals Over 10 Days

On August 10, a derecho, a violent thunderstorm complex with winds over 100 mph, devastated scores of communities in Iowa. Cedar Rapids, a city of more than 130,000 people, was among the hardest-hit areas.

Clemson, South Carolina (Tornado) / 200 Meals Over 1 Day

A tornado hit South Carolina on April 13, 2020. The EF3 tornado touched down for 16 miles, wrecking hundreds of homes.

Jonesboro, Arkansas (Tornado) / 1,000 Meals Over 2 Days

On evening of March 28 th , 2020, a supercell thunderstorm produced several tornados in Arkansas, the most significant being an EF-3 tornado that ripped through Jonesboro. With winds up to 140 mph, the twister left a path of destruction for…

Nashville, Tennessee (Tornado) / 60,780 Meals Over 8 Days

On March 3, severe storms and at least one tornado slammed through central Tennessee. Initial surveys indicated EF-3 tornado damage. “I’m incredibly grateful to the organizers and volunteers at Operation BBQ Relief for their generous…