Seaboard Foods shipped more than 55,000 pounds of pork products from its Guymon, Okla., pork processing plant to support Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) that has deployed to Louisiana and is feeding flood victims and first responders in Hammond, Baton Rouge and Livingston, La.
Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Mo., a community of about 50,000 residents. Volunteers of competition BBQ teams from eight states answered the need to help feed displaced families and emergency responders. Since then, OBR has served more than 700,000 meals following natural disasters throughout the United States. Seaboard Foods became an OBR sponsor in 2015.
"We're honored to support Operation BBQ Relief because they provide immediate support to those whose lives have been turned upside down from a natural disaster," says Terry Holton, Seaboard Foods CEO and president. "The OBR volunteers provide compassion and a hot BBQ meal when people need it the most, and we're glad to support their efforts."
So far OBR has served 70,000 hot meals to Louisiana flood victims and first responders and expects to feed 30,000 meals per day for the next week. The volunteer organization relies on monetary donations and bulk food donations to function. Those interested in donating can visit the OBR website at www.operationbbqrelief.org for more information.
About Operation BBQ Relief
In 2011, Operation BBQ Relief was founded in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. Volunteers of competition BBQ teams from eight states answered the need to help feed displaced families, police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel.
Operation BBQ Relief has grown to become a Disaster Response Team made up of over 3,500 volunteers and competition BBQ teams. The organization provides hot BBQ meals along with compassion, hope and friendship to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States. Expertise in cooking large scale meals and an organizational structure that allows teams to quickly mobilize means that deployment teams can move into any area where nature disrupts.
About Seaboard Foods
As a connected food system, Seaboard Foods cares for and raises pigs to produce safe, quality pork to feed people. With headquarters in the Kansas City Metro and operating in six states and employing more than 5,000 people, the company is a top U.S. pork producer and processor and a leading exporter of U.S. pork to more than 30 countries. Its products are sold under the PrairieFresh® Premium Pork, Daily's® Premium Meats, Seaboard Farms and 67th Street BBQ made with Sweet Baby Ray's® brands. In addition, Seaboard Foods' subsidiary, High Plains Bioenergy, has biodiesel, biogas and compressed natural gas operations.