Over the past week, I’ve personally visited several locations in the areas of Louisiana devastated by the severe rains that raised rivers and creeks to 500 year flood levels a little over a week ago. I’ve visited with families gutting their homes and hugged children who are watching their cherished – now soggy – possessions be piled on the street. While rain was still coming down, residents in the first affected area woke up early Saturday morning to inches of water in their homes – or worse. Many endured heroic escapes onto their roofs with children still in pajamas.
Now, it’s time to help them recover.
Since the flood, some of our friends have been helping flood victims directly by giving them needed meals – and doing it in excellent fashion.
Operation BBQ Relief is a disaster relief organization where competition barbecue teams from across the country come together with volunteers to feed displaced families and emergency personnel. As of Monday, August 15, Operation BBQ Relief, with the help of manpower across the country including donations of time and money from folks like Jonathan Huddleston, owner of Grills of MS in Ridgeland, MS; many employees of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank; Bob Taylor, owner of Half Shell Oyster House; James Bates, owner of Daddy’s BBQ; and so many others have served 156,082 meals, working with local officials and relief organizations to deliver the meals directly to affected people where they are: shelters, soup kitchens, neighborhoods, churches and more.
The Current Need
Operation BBQ Relief is in desperate need of large bulk canned vegetables TODAY.
These bulk cans, often referred to as #10 cans in the restaurant world, are basically a gallon of canned beans, corn or mixed vegetables that will be used as side dishes to accompany smoked meats and allow Operation BBQ Relief to continue to supply balanced, hot meals to victims and relief workers across the affected area.
To help supply this need, we’ve in essence orchestrated the most efficient canned food drive ever. We’ve created a way for you to donate and be assured that 100% of your donation will go to purchase food that will be delivered immediately to the cooking site in Hammond, Louisiana.
How You Can Help
- Click here to make a donation to Extra Table. Please mark the box for Louisiana Flood Relief. There are no administrative costs and 100% of your donation will be used to purchase food that will be delivered by Sysco to Operation BBQ Relief cook site in Hammond, Louisiana to feed victims and relief volunteers.
- Share this story and the donation link with your friends on social media, via email or text today. This is an urgent need!
How It Works
Extra Table was founded several years ago by Mississippi chef and restaurateur Robert St. John as a means to efficiently provide healthy, appropriate portions of food to food pantries and soup kitchens.
Extra Table partners with Sysco to purchase food in bulk at low negotiated prices. Sysco then delivers the food directly to the place of need, handling all transportation logistics. One hundred percent of donations made to Extra Table go to purchase food. There are no administrative costs associated with your donation, and 100% of donations are tax deductible as well.
In this case, we partnered with Extra Table, Sysco New Orleans and Operation BBQ Relief creating a way for our friends across the globe to donate to this urgent need, while still buying the needed food at the best possible price and having it delivered on schedule directly to the cook site. The immediate, urgent need is for #10 cans of vegetables which cost approximately $4 per can. For each $20 donation, you will purchase FIVE cans which will provide 130 servings of vegetables to flood victims.
>> DONATE NOW
Please, don’t give tomorrow. Don’t give tonight. Give TODAY. RIGHT NOW, so together, we can feed people tomorrow through the end of this week.
If you can’t give now, please share this story and the donation link with your friends.
You would be truly amazed at the difference $20 can make today in the lives of our Louisiana families. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation now thru Extra Table.
The money will IMMEDIATELY be used to purchase and deliver food to Operation BBQ Relief in Hammond, LA. Click now to donate.
Feeding people who have lost their homes and cars is a top priority, and we can do it with your help – no matter where you live in the world.