Operation BBQ Relief comes to the aid of flood-striken Louisiana

The surrounding photos are from the recent deployment of Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) in Hammond, LA. According to the report from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, roughly 110,000 homes may have been flooded or damaged. This deployment started on August 15th and is slated to run through August 28th. This amazing group of volunteers, sponsors and donors managed to produce over 200,000 hot and really good barbecue meals to a huge part of this region that was flooded. Below is a really small list of some of those responsible for making this happen, but the truth is that without YOUR support of this great organization, then none of this would have been possible! You can see what helping feed over 200,000 plates looks like from OBR's Facebook page as well.

Thank you to all our volunteers who are helping: Bryan Roppolo, Jason Morree, Patrick Banks, Joey, Fred Salinas, John Wheeler, Memphis Barbecue Company, Stan Hays, Will Cleaver, Dana Reed, Lynn Gorham Entrekin, Bryan McLarty, The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint, LSU Ladies' Basketball, Sanderson Farms Chicken, Brad Orrison, Mike Richter, Amy Ford Olsen, Jeff Petkevicius, Ole Hickory Pits, Blue Rhino, Sunbelt Rentals, Sam's Club, Sonny's BBQ, Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que of America, Inc., and many more!

OperationBBQrelief.org/donate; Text donateobr to 41444

To volunteer, text obr to 51555. #OBRcares #iamOBR #Lafloods

There were approximately 50 volunteers on-site most of the time. A core group was on location since day one. With temperatures in the mid-90's and the humidity anywhere from 90-100%, these guys and gals were certainly giving it their all!

Hot BBQ Meal Counts

  Aug. 15th 0 400
  Aug. 16th 4,000 4,550
  Aug. 17th 9,015 8,437
  Aug. 18th 13,460 8,080
  Aug. 19th 19,043 11,250
  Aug. 20th 16,532 11,044
  Aug. 21st 17,033 7,400
  Aug. 22nd 20,266 5,425
  Aug. 23rd 16,285 9,940
  Aug. 24th 9,525 5,800
  Aug. 25th 10,200 4,820
TOTAL   143,659 78,046
*Estimate due to print schedule.

Photo courtesy of OBR
OBR celebrates the 800,000th meal outdoors.

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One of several supply trailers showing support for sponsors

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Part of the make shift compound

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Pork loins being chopped

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Plates ready for tops

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144,000th deployment meal

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Reggie Methvin clowns around during a rare break.

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THANKS to everyone – from the smallest donor to the biggest sponsor. This would not happen without YOU!

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Plating line inside current set up location

Photo courtesy of NOAA.com
Louisiana flooded area map

Photo courtesy of TheShedBBQ.com
Brad Orrison and little Shedheads helping out

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Famous Dave's sent a crew and trucks to help out as well.

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One of many supply trucks helping to make it happen

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