From the Heart – February 2023

Feb 28, 2023 | Newsletters

From the Heart

February 2023

Message from the Co-Founders

Outside of our disaster work we have our non-disaster program we call The Always Serving Project®. The Always Serving Project® supports those heroes that are always serving. We focus on first responders, veterans, military members and their families.

We teamed up with the Gary Sinise Foundation to serve first responders in southwest Florida. We also hosted an event for veterans at Camp OBR. The various events have helped us improve our processes and procedure while also engaging volunteers. We invite you to visit our website and download the Operation BBQ Relief app to stay up-to-date on events and volunteer opportunities.

Thank you for your support to share the healing power of BBQ.

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

The Always Serving Project®

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Gary Sinise Foundation to host First Responders Appreciation for the Sanibel Fire Rescue District, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, and Fort Myers Fire Department.  Thank you to the Gary Sinise Foundation, volunteers, and staff that helped provide 2,500 hot BBQ meals!  From prepping at the Tampa warehouse to making sandwiches and delivering meals, we are grateful for our incredible team!

The Always Serving Project®

Operation BBQ Relief thanks Farmers Insurance for teaming up to provide 500 hot meals to the Armed Services YMCA San Diego. We are honored to serve those who serve us!

Camp OBR

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with MO Vets Outdoors to host a Goose Hunt at Camp OBR at the Lake of the Ozarks. We enjoyed our time serving those who serve us.

Disaster Response

Operation BBQ Relief Director of Culinary Johnny Imbriolo highlights the role of Culinary Lead on deployments.

Interested in being a volunteer? Sign up on the Operation BBQ Relief App or at

The United States Armed Services neither explicitly, or implicitly, endorses, sponsors, or is affiliated with Operation BBQ Relief. Images of military persons in uniform may contain protected Military Service marks and identifiers.

2023 Celebrity BBQ Academy & Golf Classic

3rd Annual Celebrity BBQ Academy and Golf Classic

Join us for an incredible event with wonderful celebrity supporters and delicious food!

We have sold out during the past two years! Reserve your team today!


Help share the healing power of BBQ!
Make new friends! Register to volunteer on the Operation BBQ Relief App
or sign-up at


Order your St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt by March 3rd for delivery by St. Patrick’s Day!
Shipping and handling included.

Corporate Supporters



Join the #iamOBR movement with a tax deductible monthly contribution where you can select donation options to help support Operation BBQ Relief.


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.