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

The April 27–28, 2014, tornado outbreak struck areas across the lower midwest and southeast. A total of 66 confirmed tornados (two of which were rated EF-4) hit during this two-day period. Most in need of our support were the cities of Mayflower, AR, Tupelo, MS, and Louisville, MS.

On the evening of April 27, 2014, a strong EF-4 tornado tore through the small towns of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. In the span of 1 hour, the tornado left a 41-mile trail of destruction, killing 16 people and injuring 193.

On the afternoon of April 28, 2014, the city of Tupelo was hit by an EF-3 tornado, killing 1 and injuring several. Only two hours later, a strong EF-4 tornado laid a 36-mile path of destruction that tore through Louisville, Mississippi, killing 10 people, and injuring more than 80.

With that much destruction, you can imagine the need for support was widespread. Thanks to our ever-growing volunteer base, including competition/catering teams willing to bring their own smokers, we were able to deploy simultaneously to three separate locations!

Our volunteers arrived and set up our cook site in Mayflower, AR, on April 28th. Over the course of 7 days, we served 23,400 hot BBQ meals. On April 30th, our volunteers set up at First Baptist Church in Louisville and at Hope Church in Tupelo. We served 11,560 hot BBQ meals over 5 days in Louisville, and 6025 hot BBQ meals over 4 days in Tupelo.