Mayflower, Arkansas (Tornado) / 23,400 Meals Over 7 Days

Apr 14, 2014 | Deployments

From April 27 to 28, 2014, tornado outbreaks struck areas across the lower midwest and southeast. In this two-day period, there were 66 confirmed tornados (two of which were rated EF4). Mayflower, Tupelo, and Louisville were struck particularly hard by these tornadoes. On the evening of April 27, a strong EF4 tornado tore through the small towns of Mayflower and Vilonia in Arkansas. In 1 hour, the tornado left a 41 mile trail of destruction, killed 16 people, and injured 193 more people. Thanks to its growing volunteer base, including competition/catering teams willing to bring their own smokers, Operation BBQ was able to simultaneously deploy to three separate locations!

Corporate Support:
Big Poppa Smokers, Ole Hickory Pits, AmeriGas, Gordon Food Service, 17th Street BBQ


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