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 – 2021

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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…

Houston/Beaumont/Victoria, Texas (Hurricane & Flood) / 371,760 Meals over 11 Days

Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, struck Texas and neighboring states and produced over 40 inches of rain.  Operation BBQ Relief operated from three areas: Houston, Beaumont and Silsbee, and Victoria and Rockport.  To date, this was…

Chetek, Wisconsin (Tornado) / 1,000 Meals Over 1 Day

On May 16, 2017, a single EF-3 tornado spent an hour and a half tearing through 83 miles of northwest Wisconsin from southeast Polk County to southwest Price County. Much of that part of the state is sparsley populated, but Chetek, a community…

West Plains, Missouri (Flood) / 13,300 Meals over 10 Days

When over 10” of rain falls within 48 hours, you’re going to have some flooding. Such was the case in 2017 when historic April 28 th -30 th rainfall caused extensive flooding in West Plains, Missouri, and the surrounding areas. Our volunteers…

Goodman, Missouri (Tornado) / 1557 Meals over 4 Days

An EF2-rated tornado hit Goodman, MO, on the evening of April 4, 2017. The storm packed winds peaking around 120 mph, knocking out power and damaging the school, fire station, and many homes and businesses. Operation BBQ Relief volunteers…