People in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Michael may not have power back on for weeks, but they can get a hot meal thanks to Operation BBQ Relief. The nonprofit has set up stations in Tallahassee and Panama City, near where the storm slammed onshore with 155-mph winds, destroying most of what was in its path.
For those who don't know, Operation BBQ Relief started back in 2011 after a catastrophic tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, killing 160 people. Will Cleaverand Stan Hays, both big BBQ competition guys, got their trailers, smokers and grills and headed to Joplin to feed folks in need. When they saw what impact those meals had on the community, they decided to continue to feed displaced residents and emergency personnel after natural disasters.
In Florida, they’ve already served up thousands of meals and will probably keep it up for the next few weeks until grocery stores and restaurants in the area reopen for business. “I’ve seen it firsthand,” explains Operation BBQ Relief volunteer David Marks. “I’ve seen a hot barbecue meal save people’s lives.”
Source: Food and Wine