This might sound like a strange headline for an article but this organization does really exist.
You can’t compare it to a large-scale organization like Fema that is run by the government but it is a small initiative to send BBQ’d food to areas that have been hit by a disaster. You can find the operation BBQ relief website on this link.
The Story Behind BBQ Relief
In 2011 when the city of Joplin in Missouri was hit by a tornado and was in desperate need of help, volunteers from BBQ teams from 8 states tried to help in a way that we’re able to.
Cook BBQ and bring it to the disaster area.
In this instance, they were able to serve over 12.000 meals over a period of 13 days. We all know that a good meal can boost morale and make people feel better. Even in a desperate situation.
After this Operation BBQ relief kept responding to disasters by helping to feed the people who were affected by any type of disaster.
I copied their mission statement from their website.
Operation BBQ Relief strives to provide compassion and offer hope and friendship to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States. We leverage our expertise in cooking and catering barbecue meals with our ability to quickly mobilize our teams into any area where disaster disrupts and tears apart the lives of Americans.
What can we do?
After reading this story you might wonder what you and I can do as regular backyard pitmasters.
the operation BBQ relief website has a store where they sell many items. The money from this store is used to keep the organization going.
I recommend the cookbook that is filled with recipes from top competition BBQ teams.
You can click on the picture to go to the store and order it.
Since operation BBQ relief is recognized as a tax-exempt non-profit organization all money goes to the right sources.
The items in the store are great gifts for any BBQ lover and by buying one or multiple of them you kill two flies with one stone.
You have a great gift for any occasion and you support a great initiative, started by people like you and me to help people in a disaster area that really need some help.
Eddie van Aken
Eddie van Aken has run his own full-service restaurant for many years. Before that, he worked as a grill and buffet cook in some of the mainstream restaurants. With his experience using professional kitchen equipment, he is able to write expert reviews. You can read more about Eddie van Aken here.