Kansas City-based Operation BBQ Relief receives Wal-Mart Foundation Grant as part of the Foundation’s ‘12 Days of Giving’ Program

The not-for-profit disaster relief organization — which recently served more than 100,000 hot meals in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy — was selected as a recipient because of its dedication to provide basic needs (in this case, food) when it is needed most.

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Dec. 19, 2012) — Wal-Mart Foundation announced on Monday that Operation BBQ Relief, a 501c3 not-for-profit disaster relief organization, will receive a $15,000 grant as part of the foundation’s “12 Days of Giving” program.

For 12 consecutive days, Wal-Mart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing, disaster relief and medical care. The program resulted in more than 21,600 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each non-profit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Wal-Mart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Wal-Mart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

“It was a great honor to be nominated by people who support this organization and then to be one of those selected to receive a grant was a real blessing,” said Stan Hays, co-founder of Operation BBQ Relief.  “These funds will allow us to purchase some much-needed equipment to assist us during disaster responses.”

Most recently, Operation BBQ Relief served more than 100,000 hot meals to victims and relief workers in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

The nonprofit was founded in May, 2011 when it planned and implemented a massive relief effort in Joplin, Mo. Professional competition barbecue teams and other volunteers from eight states responded to Joplin in the wake of the deadly EF5 tornado that killed more than 150 people and destroyed a third of the city. The group served approximately 120,000 meals in eleven days to displaced families and first responders.  Since then, Operation BBQ Relief has mobilized during floods, wildfires, hurricanes and tornado disasters in 14 states around the U.S., and in only 19 months, has provided more than 306,000 meals. Operation BBQ Relief can mobilize with a consistent operations model to provide hot meals to people in need anywhere that natural disasters occur across the country.

For additional information about Operation BBQ Relief, Inc., and to make tax-deductible contributions, visit the website at www.OperationBBQRelief.org or find the organization on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OperationBBQRelief.

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