Newsletters
From the Heart – July 2021

From the Heart – July 2021

From the Heart July 2021Message from the Co-Founders Operation BBQ Relief has been busy preparing for future deployments. Our team recently held a mock deployment in partnership with The Salvation Army in Dallas, Texas. The mock deployment prepared staff and...

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From the Heart – May – June 2021

From the Heart – May – June 2021

From the Heart May 2021Message from the Co-Founders Ten years ago on May 24, 2011, we shared the very first BBQ meals to families and first responders affected by the Joplin, MO tornado. The meals, volunteers, and community inspired Operation BBQ Relief into the...

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From the Heart – April 2021

From the Heart – April 2021

From the Heart April 2021Message from the Co-Founders As we kick off National Volunteers Week, we dedicate this month’s newsletter to highlighting the amazing work of our volunteers. Volunteers are the heart, soul, and backbone of Operation BBQ Relief. We are grateful...

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From the Heart – March 2021

From the Heart – March 2021

From the Heart March 2021Message from the Co-Founders Operation BBQ Relief has been very busy sharing the healing power of BBQ. We deployed to North Carolina and Texas to provide hope, friendship, and compassion to families affected by the tornado and winter...

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From the Heart – February 2021

From the Heart – February 2021

From the Heart February 2021Message from the Co-Founders Operation BBQ Relief launched our first billboard campaign! We extend our gratitude to Lamar Advertising Company for the generous donation of billboards to promote our mission. We love sharing in Lamar’s goal of...

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From the Heart – January 2021

From the Heart – January 2021

From the Heart January 2021Message from the Co-Founders Martin Luther King Jr. emphasized that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Ten years ago, we found ourselves asking that same question. While there were many...

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From the Heart – December 2020

From the Heart – December 2020

From the Heart December 2020Message from the Co-Founders Dear Friends, We hope you are enjoying this holiday season as we continue to adjust to the new normal. As we reflect on the accomplishments of Operation BBQ Relief during the past year, we are amazed at how the...

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From the Heart – November 2020

From the Heart – November 2020

From the Heart November 2020Message from CEO As we prepare for Thanksgiving, the Operation BBQ Relief family extends our gratitude to all our supporters and volunteers that helped serve over 5.5 million meals in 2020. The pandemic combined with a historic disaster...

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From the Heart – October 2020

From the Heart – October 2020

From the Heart October 2020Message from CEO Operation BBQ Relief is preparing to respond to Hurricane Delta as it has strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds. Jay Collins, Chief Programs Officer, is on the ground scouting locations around Lake...

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From the Heart – September 2020

From the Heart – September 2020

From the Heart September 2020 – Hurricane Laura UpdateMessage from CEO In 15 days, Operation BBQ Relief has provided 293,231 hot meals with the support from over 200 volunteers from 32 states. While the number of meals served are extraordinarily high, the magnitude of...

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From the Heart – August 2020

From the Heart – August 2020

From the Heart August 2020 – Cedar Rapids UpdateMessage from CEO Dear Friends, Operation BBQ Relief has had a busy week on the ground in Cedar Rapids. We have served 45,800 meals and will be serving another 9,400 meals today. Today we will also serve that one meal...

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From the Heart – July 2020

From the Heart – July 2020

From the Heart July 2020Message from CEO It has been over 3 months since Operation BBQ Relief began responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our leadership team knew that we were going up against odds with shortages of volunteers, struggles in the economy, high rates of...

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From the Heart – June 2020

From the Heart – June 2020

From the Heart June 2020Message from CEO Operation BBQ Relief has reflected on our mission during the past few weeks and how we can continue to embody the values that are important to the organization. Operation BBQ Relief provides comfort to those in need by...

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From the Heart – May 2020

From the Heart – May 2020

From the Heart May 2020Message from CEO Operation BBQ Relief celebrated our 9th Anniversary on May 24th. It was 9 years ago that our pitmaster friends began our first deployment to Joplin, MO following the devastating tornado and served 120,000 hot BBQ meals to local...

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From the Heart – April 2020

From the Heart – April 2020

From the Heart April 2020Meals served since 20113,422,423 CONNECT, INSPIRE, SERVE, EDUCATE, AND FEED THOSE IN NEED Message from CEO Operation BBQ Relief has been very busy responding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Operation Restaurant Relief (ORR) program has launched in...

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From the Heart – March 2020

From the Heart – March 2020

From the Heart March 2020Meals served since 20113,178,533 CONNECT, INSPIRE, SERVE, EDUCATE, AND FEED THOSE IN NEED Message from CEO We hope you and your family are doing okay during this difficult time for our country. After discussion with our leadership team,...

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From the Heart – February 2020

From the Heart – February 2020

From the Heart February 2020Meals served since 20113,057,553 CONNECT, INSPIRE, SERVE, EDUCATE, AND FEED THOSE IN NEED Thank You! Special thanks to our thousands of donors and volunteers that have helped support Operation BBQ Relief since 2011. We are excited to see...

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From the Heart – January 2020

From the Heart – January 2020

From the Heart January 2020Meals served since 20113,057,553 CONNECT, INSPIRE, SERVE, EDUCATE, AND FEED THOSE IN NEED FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS Wishing You and Your Family a Safe and Happy New Year! Ten years ago OBR was not even a thought! Now we are one of the largest and...

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From the Heart – End of Year 2019

From the Heart – End of Year 2019

From the Heart End of Year 2019Meals served since 20113,057,553 CONNECT, INSPIRE, SERVE, EDUCATE, AND FEED THOSE IN NEED FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS When folks think about Operation BBQ Relief, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a group of volunteers coming...

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From the Heart – October 2019

From the Heart – October 2019

From the Heart October 2019Meals served since 20113,052,853 Serving the One Hot Meal that MattersConnect, Inspire, Serve, Educate and Feed Those in NeedFROM THE CO-FOUNDERS We’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate a couple historic milestones that OBR achieved...

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From the Heart – September 2019

From the Heart – September 2019

From the Heart September 2019Meals served since 20112,964,338 Serving the One Hot Meal that MattersHope, Friendship, Compassion, Connect, Inspire + ServeFROM THE CO-FOUNDERS Many of you have seen social media posts regarding the OBR Volunteers app, Tier 1 and Tier 2...

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From the Heart – August 2019

From the Heart – August 2019

From the Heart August 2017Meals served since 20112,964,338 Serving the One Hot Meal that MattersHope, Friendship, Compassion, Connect, Inspire + ServeFROM THE CO-FOUNDERS While the U.S. hurricane season generally runs June through November, we’ve historically seen our...

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From the Heart – July 2019

From the Heart – July 2019

From the Heart July 2019FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS In 2011, OBR began as a group of individuals, just wanting to make a difference in a local community after a devastating tragedy hit.  We had no idea at the time how quickly we could go from a group of BBQ fanatics wanting...

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From the Heart – June 2019

From the Heart – June 2019

From the Heart June 2019 Serving the One Hot Meal that MattersHope, Friendship, Compassion, Connect, Inspire + ServeWelcome to FROM THE HEART the bi-monthly newsletter from Operation BBQ Relief. We hope you enjoy what you find inside and learn more about how OBR helps...

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From the Heart – May 2019

From the Heart – May 2019

From the Heart May 2019Welcome to FROM THE HEART, the newsletter from Operation BBQ Relief. We hope you enjoy what you find inside and learn more about how OBR helps others after disasters and stay up to date with special events and the special people we meet along...

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From the Heart – April 2019

From the Heart – April 2019

From the Heart April 2019FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS OBR has been helping communities for almost 8 years. Most of you have only seen what we have done after disaster strikes. Truth be told since early on we have used our cooking talents to help others whether after disaster...

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From the Heart – November 2017

From the Heart – November 2017

From the Heart November 2017Welcome to FROM THE HEART the bi-monthly newsletter from Operation BBQ Relief. We hope you enjoy what you find inside and learn more about how OBR helps others after disasters and stay up to date with special events and the special people...

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