From the Heart – July 2022

Jul 19, 2022 | Newsletters

From the Heart

July 2022

Message from the Co-Founders

Operation BBQ Relief has served at multiple events throughout the country to share the healing power of BBQ.  Through The Always Serving Project, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve members of the military, veterans, first responders, and their families.  The events provide hope, friendship, and compassion to thousands of participants each year. 

We appreciate the support from sponsors, volunteers, regional directors, and area coordinators that help serve the one hot meal that matters.  The mission of Operation BBQ Relief would not be possible without the donation of time, talent, and treasure. 

Operation BBQ Relief will continue to prepare for the upcoming disaster season.  We never know where we will go next and are thankful for your constant support.  Please register to volunteer today!

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

Day at the Lake

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with Seaboard Foods and Prairie Fresh to provide a BBQ lunch for Ability KC at the Day at the Lake event in Smithville, MO.  Ability KC provides opportunities for individuals with spinal cord injuries, amputations, and other disabilities to water ski, kayak, and take boat rides.

Thank you to the supporters, volunteers, and participants that helped make the event a perfect summer’s day.

Disaster Response Team

The Always Serving Project®

BBQ Basics

Operation BBQ Relief teamed up with the ilani BBQ Fest and Weber Grills to host BBQ Basics for first responders in Ridgefield, WA. Teams were from the Washington State Patrol, Woodland Police, Clark County Corrections, and several other law enforcement organizations.

Scott Air Force Base Family Day

Operation BBQ Relief cooked BBQ meals for members of the military and their families on Family Day at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, IL. Operation BBQ Relief volunteers were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their generosity by the United States Transportation Command Joint Transportation Reserve Unit. We are honored to serve those who serve us.

“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.”

Camp Chef Program

Have you heard about the Camp Chef program?

During deployments, Operation BBQ Relief fuels our volunteers with delicious meals.

Operation BBQ Relief provides the ingredients and cooking equipment. We need your help with preparing 3 meals a day.
Are you available 3-5 days to come to an upcoming deployment?

If interested, please email the Operation BBQ Relief culinary team at


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

Grilling with Golic and Hays Cookbook

Stan Hays and Mike Golic teamed up with an incredible lineup of celebrity chefs, athletes, and coaches to present Grilling with Golic and Hays: Operation BBQ Relief Cookbook!

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.