"Operation BBQ Relief" crankes out meals in relief effort

"Operation BBQ Relief" crankes out meals in relief effort

MISSOURI (CNN) - Almost as important as helping with rescues and clean-ups is keeping flood victims and first responders fed.

"Operation BBQ Relief" cranked out meals out in the Hammond area and are serving all over Southeast Louisiana.

 Based in Missouri, the relief effort nonprofit group is made up of competitive barbeque teams from around the country who jump from disaster to disaster providing meals for as long as they are needed.

Their work relies heavily on help from the communities they serve, and according to Operation BBQ Relief, their work in Louisiana is one of the largest operations to date.

Organizer Brian Roppolo said volunteers in the local community have come out and supported their operation.

"The local donations have been unbelievable," Roppolo said. "Stuff is coming in, so everything is great with that."

Operation BBQ Relief has served more than 20,000 people since Tuesday, and they plan to stay in Louisiana at least seven more days.

Anyone who would like to donate to their cause can text "donateobr" to 41444, and anyone who would like to volunteer can text "obr" to 51555.

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