From the Heart – December 2020

Dec 14, 2020 | Newsletters

From the Heart

December 2020

Message 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 OBR family came together to provide over 5 million meals in 2020. We extend our gratitude to our sponsors, donors, and volunteers that continue to help us share the healing power of BBQ coast to coast.

The year brought new challenges, from a pandemic that left communities vulnerable to historic hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and a derecho that destroyed homes and families. Through it all, the mission of Operation BBQ Relief remained true. During the COVID-19 crisis, Operation BBQ Relief launched Operation Restaurant Relief, revitalizing restaurants and rehiring their employees while delivering the hope of a meal to first responders, health care workers, the homeless, students, veterans, and families across the nation.

Operation BBQ Relief continued the healing power of BBQ, pouring hours of love and service into millions of meals for families and communities in need to address the fight on hunger.

Over 5 million meals served in 2020, over 5 million hearts touched by our disaster response team and The Always Serving Project programs.

Thank you for your continued support!

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with peace and joy.

Best regards,

Stan Hays, CEO
Will Cleaver, CPO and Head of Finance

Days of Giving

Operation BBQ Relief continues to host Days of Giving events throughout the country to provide a hot, holiday meal to individuals and families. The meals provide sustenance along with sides of hope, friendship, and compassion.

BBQ Basics – Tacoma, WA

“During Veterans Day week, Operation BBQ Relief was able to connect, inspire, serve, and educate veterans in the Tacoma, WA area through the BBQ Basics program. The power of breaking bread and hearing stories alongside veterans are what makes these events so special. I appreciate everything veterans did to protect our freedom.”

Bryan Mroczka
Head of Culinary
Operation BBQ Relief

OBR Prime Rib with Mike Golic and Stan Hays

This summer, we began filming Grilling with Operation BBQ Relief segments with former and current NFL players. We are excited to launch the first Grilling with Operation BBQ Relief video with ESPN Mike Golic and Stan Hays.

If you’re looking for a recipe to impress your family at a special holiday dinner, watch this video to learn how to make a delicious Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib with OBR horseradish sauce.

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From Super Bowl Champion KC Chiefs Mitch Schwartz

“You know I hate that I can’t be out there with my guys right now, but I’m still getting in on the action with #MyCauseMyCleats! We’re auctioning off my one-of-a-kind Nike cleats designed by DeJesus Custom Footwear to raise funds & awareness for a cause close to my heart. Operation BBQ Relief is a non-profit that provides comfort to those in need after natural disasters and shows up where and when they’re needed most. They served over 5 MILLION meals across the US in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and disasters. Head to the link to bid now!”


Operation BBQ Relief Patch Frame

Need a place for your patch collection? Get your 11” x 18” custom made patch frame.

Each frame was custom made for Operation BBQ Relief and laser etched by a Navy veteran and distributed by Still Serving Promos, a veteran owned and family operated business that proudly supports Operation BBQ Relief.

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Corporate Supporters



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Operation BBQ Relief relies solely on volunteers like you. Whether you are a competition BBQ team, caterer, restaurateur or simply an individual or group wanting to help when disaster strikes, we want you to be a part of this rewarding experience in helping people.