Food Distribution


Operation BBQ Relief is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports communities following natural disasters with hot barbeque meals to those in need and on the front lines. After the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo. in May 2011, competitive pitmasters from eight different states answered the call to feed displaced families and first responders and served over 120,000 meals over 13 days. This experience was the catalyst that started what Operation BBQ Relief is today. With the help of more than 14,000 volunteers, Operation BBQ Relief has provided over 8 million meals throughout the United States. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has provided over three million meals to first responders, medical workers, veterans, families and organizations affected by the pandemic.

In 2017, Stan Hays, CEO and Co-Founder was recognized as one of the “CNN Heroes” for his work with Operation BBQ Relief.

For more information, visit or follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @opbbqrelief.


Feed Iowa First is a grass-roots community of businesses, faith organizations, schools, farmers and volunteers that unite in relationship-based service to help our neighbors to ‘Combat Food Insecurity by Growing Food and Farmers’.
We believe access to fresh, healthy produce can and does transform lives. Fresh, healthy food is a basic human right, and ensuring access to it is key to building vibrant communities where citizens can reach their full human potential.


Willie Ray Fairly was born and raised in Benndale, MS. The Hospitality State. These tender ribs will send you on a 10 min. vacation and make you think you are down south somewhere. The passion and love that we cherish to fire up that grill to let people experience the taste of BBQ I grew up eating.

Interview with Willie Ray Fairley, Jenny Becker, and Carter Oswood