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Feeding Cedar Rapids

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Hello. I am Stan Hays, Co-Founder and CEO of Operation BBQ Relief.  Operation BBQ Relief is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that will be deploying to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the surrounding areas to provide the healing power of BBQ to communities affected by the Midwest Derecho.  The money donated to this campaign supports the mission of Operation BBQ Relief.  Operation BBQ Relief provides comfort to those in need by connecting, inspiring, serving, and educating in communities far and wide.  We feed families in need. We feed first responders, utility workers, and front-line essential employees after disasters.  Over 250,000 individuals are left without power as the death toll continues to increase. Thousands of families are homeless and in need of meals as the recovery efforts continue. We anticipate that we will provide upwards of 10,000 meals per day for 5-7 days as so many communities are without power.  Operation BBQ Relief is providing compassion, hope, and friendship to impacted individuals and organizations.  Please donate today!  Every dollar makes a difference.

About Operation BBQ Relief

Operation BBQ Relief is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports communities following natural disasters with hot barbeque meals to those in need and on the front lines. After the devastating tornado in Joplin, MO in May 2011, competitive pitmasters from eight different states answered the call to feed displaced families and first responders and served over 120,000 meals over 13 days. This experience was the catalyst that started what Operation BBQ Relief is today. With the help of more than 14,000 volunteers, Operation BBQ Relief has provided over 7 million meals throughout the United States. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has provided over 4 million meals to first responders, medical workers, veterans, families and organizations affected by the pandemic. In 2017, Stan Hays, CEO and Co-Founder was recognized as one of the “CNN Heroes” for his work with Operation BBQ Relief. 

For more information, visit or follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @opbbqrelief.


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    • $272 
    • 4 yrs


Sharon Green
Peculiar, MO
Operation BBQ Relief
Registered nonprofit
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