Port Charlotte, Florida (Hurricane) / 865,603 Meals Over 38 Days

Nov 4, 2022 | Deployments

Catastrophic Category 4 Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on September 28, 2022. Over 2 million customers were without power.

Operation BBQ Relief deployed to Port Charlotte, FL on  September 29, 2022 and immediately served hot meals the following day.  During the first 48 hours, Operation BBQ Relief set up our largest and longest deployment site to date.  Hot meals were delivered by land, air, boats, and ferries.  The organization served its 10 millionth meal since 2011 and broke the record for the most meals served during a deployment.

 “My husband and I picked up meals from Operation BBQ Relief to feed two neighborhoods.  We shared the meals with elderly people and young people and the smiles on their faces were amazing. We were so excited. It was like handing them gold.

Thank you to all the wonderful people.”

-Deana, Port Charlotte, FL

  “They are set up like a freaking city in a parking lot. This is Operation BBQ Relief. We are overwhelmed at what they are doing. It’s mind boggling. We just picked up 150 meals and ten cases of water faster than any McDonalds has served us two burgers and a coke!

Operation BBQ Relief is here to share the healing power of BBQ.

Thank you for helping us provide hot BBQ meals to The Village of Holiday Lake impacted by Hurricane Ian.”

-Julie, Port Charlotte, FL


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