Operation BBQ Relief - Response to COVID-19

Hello, My name is Stan Hays, Co-Founder and CEO for Operation BBQ Relief.  Operation BBQ Relief is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that will be deploying to provide the healing power of BBQ to vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  As shelter orders are put in place throughout the country, there are shortages of supplies and volunteers for communities and charities that need to rely on the bandwidth and resources of Operation BBQ Relief.  The initial deployment will provide at least 10,000 hot BBQ meals daily to the homeless and veteran population in Kansas City. Every dollar donated will be used to feed communities in need. 

Operation BBQ Relief is equipped to provide the healing power of BBQ in other places throughout the United States and stay within Center for Disease Control guidelines regarding group gatherings. This initial effort in Kansas City will provide a template for feeding communities in more areas as the country faces additional challenges as a result of COVID-19.  The pandemic is isolating and frightening for everyone and we hope that we can ease some of the suffering of our most vulnerable populations.

Operation BBQ Relief provides compassion, hope, and friendship to individuals and organizations affected by COVID -19.

For more information, visit www.obr.org 

Media inquiries,  email marketing@obr.org

About Operation BBQ Relief

Operation BBQ Relief is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started by champion barbecue pitmasters that has grown to become the nation’s premier charity in providing hot meals following natural disasters.  Operation BBQ Relief combines its expertise in cooking and catering BBQ meals with its ability to quickly mobilize teams into any area where disaster disrupts the lives of families and communities.

“Since we started The Always Serving Project in 2019, our mission has evolved and includes providing compassion and a warm meal to veterans, first responders, military men and women, and the homeless in need at any time, not just during a disaster,” stated Stan Hays, Co-Founder and CEO of Operation BBQ Relief. “By working with our friends at like-minded organizations, we can do our small part in helping those in need. This is a very difficult time for our country with many unknowns.”
Earlier in 2019, Operation BBQ Relief promoted Jarrid “Jay” Collins to Chief of Programs. He spent his career in the Army, as a green beret in special forces leadership roles, and is bringing that forged-under-fire leadership to Operation BBQ Relief on a daily basis as we respond to this crisis. Working with Stan Hays, a CNN Hero from 2017, Collins has developed The Always Serving Project into a year-round effort and leads the OBR operations team.

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