Resiliency Part 1 - The Healing Power of BBQ Resiliency Part 1 - The Healing Power of BBQ
In the first of a special two-part episode focused on resiliency, Tucker Perkins speaks with Stan Hays, co-founder of Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) and 2017 CNN Hero.
From the unique weather phenomena in Iowa to the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana, Operation BBQ Relief is there to provide meals for disaster victims and first responders. The nonprofit recently celebrated its 8 millionth meal served.
Operation BBQ Relief depends on the versatility and portability of propane at every location. It’s no surprise that propane plays a part in grilling meat, but the energy source also helps in other ways many would overlook. The tilt skillets used to keep vegetables, rice and other sides warm and the water heater used to provide hot water for washing dishes and showers for volunteers are powered by propane.
Before the pandemic, Operation BBQ Relief distributed 25,000 meals a day with the help of about 68 to 80 volunteers. Currently, the need for meals has only increased, but the nonprofit has experienced a shortage in volunteers. Despite these challenges of fewer volunteers and weathering through a pandemic and extreme weather conditions, the organization and community continue to push through.
While natural disasters may not be predictable, the community can count on Hays and Operation BBQ Relief to be right there providing support and comfort with meals.