Prairie Fresh to feed hot meals to those affected by hurricane


In the wake of natural disasters, we often see acts of hospitality after a major event. Prairie Fresh has reached out a helping hand to those who were devastated by Hurricane Michael. Two truckloads of Prairie Fresh pork will head out tomorrow from Iowa to Panama City, Florida, to support Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) in providing hot barbecue meals to those affected by Hurricane Michael.

OBR mobilizes barbecue cook teams into natural disaster areas to provide hot barbecue meals to those impacted and the many people who come to help. OBR expects to serve nearly 40,000 meals a day this week at its two deployment sites located in Panama City and Tallahassee, Florida. Prairie Fresh Pork is the official pork supplier to OBR. In addition to these two loads, Prairie Fresh products were shipped to Florida this weekend and prior to the deployment, which began serving hot meals on Oct. 12. 

OBR completed a 16-day deployment on Oct. 1 in Wilmington, North Carolina, following Hurricane Florence with more than 300,000 meals served. During this deployment, OBR served a milestone 2 millionth meal since it was founded in 2011. With back-to-back major deployments, OBR volunteers’ spirits and commitment to provide hope, compassion and friendship one hot barbecue meal at a time remains strong. However, the organization is in need of monetary donations and more volunteers. To donate or volunteer, go to

“We continued to be amazed by the commitment and dedication of OBR and its volunteers, especially after just completing a record-breaking long deployment in North Carolina,” says David Eaheart, Prairie Fresh Sr. Director of Communications and Brand Marketing. “With a hot barbecue meal comes comfort that not only nourishes the body but the soul, especially during the tough times people are facing following Hurricane Michael. OBR is truly living its mission to bring hope, compassion and friendship one hot barbecue meal at a time.”

Founded in 2011, Operation BBQ Relief has grown to include over 6,700 volunteers and fed more than 2 million meals. Along with those hot BBQ meals, Operation BBQ Relief serves up sides of compassion, hope, and friendship to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States.

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