Operation BBQ Relief Goes International Serving Hot Meals to Victims In Bahamas

(October 4, 2019) — Shawnee, Kan. — Operation BBQ Relief (OBR), a relief organization that provides meals to displaced residents and emergency personnel during times of natural and other disasters, recently shipped 3,000 barbecue meals to victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Four small planes flew supplies to the Grand Bahamas in mid-September, chief marketing officer David Marks told FOX4TV in Kansas City.

Operation Barbecue BBQ Relief Deilvers Hot Meals to Hurricane Dorian victims in Bahamas reports BPN the propane industry trusted source of news since 1939 propane used to BBQ 10 2019Operation BBQ Relief will serve hot barbecue meals in the Bahamas for at least 30 days. The deployment added a new dimension to the nonprofit's logistical challenges as OBR navigated its first effort outside the United States. While flying meals to the Grand Bahamas, the organization encountered inclement weather and mechanical difficulties that caused unexpected delays. That didn’t stop OBR from making sure their prepared meals did not go to waste. The Always Serving Project in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, sprang into action and helped the nonprofit deliver the 9,350 prepared meals to shelters and First Responders in the area.

“We have a C-47 transport plane that’s going to carry over,” Marks said.

The all-volunteer nonprofit organization has received many awards for its humanitarian work, including the CNN “Heroes Award” that also paid tribute to pit master and co-founder, Stan Hays, who said they expect to serve up to 20,000 hot barbecue meals to victims devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Operation BBQ Relief is made possible by an all-volunteer effort and corporate partners that include Blue Rhino responsible for all the 20-pound propane cylinders that fuel OBR's hot, delicious barbecue meals and make disaster relief possible. Two major milestones occurred during this recent deployment including OBR marking its 3 Million Meal mark and its first International deployment.

Operation BBQ Relief was formed in May 24, 2011, in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri.

Anyone wanting to help can donate, here.