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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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, a tornado touched down just north of Wellington, AL, and cut an East-bound path of destruction for over 34 miles through towns and across mountains to the Georgia state line. The tornado strengthened to an EF-3 as it entered…

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

Heavy rains caused Ohio River flooding in Aurora, Indiana.

Malden, Missouri (Tornado) / 300 Meals over 1 Day

An EF2 tornado damaged over 60 homes in Malden, Missouri.

Santa Rosa | Napa, California (Fire) / 53,058 Meals Over 8 Days

Multiple fires broke out late evening October 8 and early morning October 9.  High winds and dry conditions caused the wildfires to spread rapidly. The fires caused at least 40 deaths and hundreds missing.  OBR joined forces with Guy Fieri…

Central | SW Florida & the Keys, Florida (Hurricane) / 126,400 Meals over 9 Days

Hurricane Irma was classified as a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2107. Although downgraded over time, Irma caused widespread damage via storm surges, high winds, and rainfall, causing power loss, flooding…