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 over 199 days in 21 states after 34 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 – 2018

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Tupelo, Mississippi (Tornado) / 6,025 Meals over 4 Days

On April 28, 2014, Tupelo, home to 35,000 residents, suffered a direct hit from a violent weather system. Winds were reported up to 170 mph, with the Tupelo tornado estimated to be 1 mile wide. Corporate Involvement:  Big Poppa Smokers Ole…

Louisville, Mississippi (Tornado) / 11,060 Meals over 5 Days

On Monday, April 28 an EF-4 tornado struck Winston County, cutting a swath of destruction through the county and into parts of the city of Louisville. Corporate Involvement:  Big Poppa Smokers Ole Hickory Pits AmeriGas Gordon Food Service 17th…

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

Early on April 27, 2014, a cold front from the Rocky Mountains descended on the Plains, fueling intense thunderstorms that spun out a powerful tornado. Beginning at 7 p.m., the twister cut a swath of destruction through the small towns…

Longmont, Colorado (Flooding) / 11,150 Meals over 6 Days

Around September 11th, clouds and heavy rain had started to roll in along Colorado Front Range, a 130 mile long area along the eastern slope of the Rockies stretching from Fort Collins south past Denver & Colorado Springs. In a three…

Moore, Oklahoma (Tornado) / 143,000 Meals over 12 Days

On May 20, 2013, an EF-5 tornado struck Moore, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. The tornado was part of a massive weather system that had produced thunderstorms and smaller tornadoes over previous days. The tornado touched down just before…

West, Texas (Explosion) / 16,000 Meals over 8 Days

A massive explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, which badly damaged a five-block area.The blast was so massive and deafening, its ground motion registered as an earthquake. So far 12 deaths have been…

Adairsville, Georgia (Tornado) / 5,000 Meals over 3 Days

A team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia, surveyed the damage caused by a supercell thunderstorm that tracked across northwest Bartow and central Gordon counties from approximately 11:15 a.m.…

Hoboken, Staten Island, Long Beach and Brick, New Jersey (Hurricane Sandy) / 100,200 Meals over 12 Days

Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive tropical cyclone of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. While it was a Category 2 storm off the coast of the Northeastern…