SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. (Sept. 9, 2020) — This week Operation BBQ Relief will receive another truck with Prairie Fresh® pork to prepare for
its Lake Charles, La., deployment that is serving hot barbecue meals to
families and first responders affected by Hurricane Laura. In the first 10 days
of the deployment, Operation BBQ Relief has served more than 166,000 meals to
families and first responders.
Relief mobilizes staff and volunteer barbecue cooks into natural
disaster areas to serve the one hot barbecue meal that matters to those in need
along with the many people who come to help. In Louisiana, Operation BBQ Relief
deployed its Command Center, equipment, supplies and food to share the healing
power of barbecue while implementing new COVID-19 health and food safety
protocols as recommended by the CDC and local health departments.
In August, Operation BBQ Relief served 70,000 meals in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, following the historical derecho. In addition to the Louisiana
deployment, Operation BBQ Relief is providing meals to families affected by the
California wildfires. This year Prairie Fresh has donated nearly 675,000
servings of pork to support Operation BBQ Relief’s Disaster Relief and Operation
Restaurant Relief programs.
"Operation BBQ Relief and its dedicated volunteers’
commitment to serving the one hot barbecue meal that matters truly amazes and
inspires all of us at Prairie Fresh,” says David Eaheart, Prairie Fresh sr.
director of communications and brand marketing. "Nothing like a hot meal
nourishes the soul when you’re facing the toughest of times, and we’re so glad Operation
BBQ Relief and its many volunteers are there to bring comfort through a hot barbecue
meal to those in need. We’re honored to support such a great organization.”
To join Prairie Fresh in supporting Operation BBQ Relief, make
a donation at www.obr.org/donate.
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 8 million meals throughout
the United States. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has
provided over four million meals to first responders, medical workers,
veterans, families and organizations affected by the pandemic through their
Operation Restaurant Relief program. 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 obr.org
or follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @opbbqrelief.
About Prairie Fresh
Prairie Fresh® is the brand of a uniquely connected food
system relentlessly seeking a better way to produce wholesome pork by purposely
connecting every step between its farms in the Midwest and Great Plains and
family tables around the world. Prairie Fresh pork is sold and marketed by
Seaboard Foods, and produced and processed by Seaboard Foods, Triumph Foods and
Seaboard Triumph Foods. As the official pork supplier to Operation BBQ Relief, Prairie
Fresh has donated more than 2.5 million servings of pork for hot barbecue meals
to Operation BBQ Relief since 2015.
For more information, visit prairiefresh.com or follow on Facebook
and Instagram @prairiefresh.