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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Columbia, South Carolina (Flooding) / 33,255 Meals over 10 Days

From the National Weather Service - A historic flooding event affected the Carolinas from October 1-5, 2015. A stalled front offshore combined with deep tropical moisture streaming northwest into the area ahead of a strong upper level low pressure…

Coal City, Illinois (Tornado) / 5510 Meals over 4 Days

On June 22, 2015, a powerful summer storm that included at least nine tornadoes tore through north-central Illinois. Coal City, IL, a community of about 5000, was hit by an EF-3 twister hitting 160 mph. Widespread damage impacted at least…

Wimberley, Texas (Flooding) / 8700 Meals over 7 Days

On May 23, 2015, torrential rains falling on already saturated ground in the Texas Hill Country triggered record flooding.  The towns of Wimberley and San Marcos, Texas, were ravaged by nearly instant flooding along the Blanco and San Marcos…

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Train Derailment) / 500 Meals Over 1 Day

We apologize if you or your company is not listed. Things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen. If you or your company is not listed, please…

Kirkland and Fairdale, Illinois (Tornado) / 5,700 Meals over 2 Days

An EF4-rated tornado cut a long path of destruction through the north-central Illinois on the evening of April 9, 2015, devastating the town of Fairdale. The storm packed winds peaking around 200 mph, resulting in two fatalities in Fairdale,…

Wayne, Nebraska (Tornado) / 1,000 Meals over 1 Day

We apologize if you or your company is not listed, things can get crazy during a deployment, and we do the best we can to keep track of all the great volunteers and businesses who help make OBR happen.  If you or your company is not listed,…

Pilger, Nebraska (Twin Tornados) / 6,800 Meals over 4 Days

On June 16, 2014, a supercell storm spawned multiple tornadoes in Nebraska, three of which were EF4 twisters impacting Stanton County.  The town of Pilger took a direct hit while a twin tornado cut a parallel path nearby.  The tornadoes resulted…

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…