Hammond, Louisiana (Hurricane) / 247,055 Meals Over 21 Days

Sep 23, 2021 | Deployments

Operation BBQ Relief shared the healing power of BBQ to communities affected by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana. The damage was significant as over 1 million households were without water and power. Operation BBQ Relief airlifted 70,000 meals to hard hit areas in Houma, LA where the town was decimated.  Operation BBQ Relief  provided over 17,000 meals to the City of New Orleans. Drive-thru lunch and dinner services were set up for families in Hammond, LA.

The Operation BBQ Relief team met many families that were deeply grateful for support during the drive-thru distribution. Barbara who picked up meals with her two young boys and also meals for her neighbors shared her gratitude. She said her neighbor was dying with cancer and they hated each other for years over petty little things. When she shared the meals from Operation BBQ Relief with her neighbor, they cried and made amends. They hugged for the first time in years as she said her neighbor hadn’t eaten in days and that single act of kindness of sharing the one hot meal that matters made all the negativity go away.

This story is one of the millions that highlight the powerful impact of the healing power of BBQ.

Operation BBQ Relief was featured on World News Tonight with David Muir and he highlighted “the need is great but so is the generosity.”  View the clip here – https://twitter.com/ABCWorldNews/status/1432863272781238277


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Operation BBQ Relief relies solely on volunteers like you. Whether you are a competition BBQ team, caterer, restaurateur or simply an individual or group wanting to help when disaster strikes, we want you to be a part of this rewarding experience in helping people.