Operation BBQ Relief feeds hundreds of service members, first responders

Published: Jun. 8, 2019 at 6:22 AM CDT
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Barbecue probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Tyndall Air Force Base but Friday that's all anyone could think about.

"It was really awesome. Mouthwatering and I haven't even tasted it yet," said Major Ryan Davis.

Local service members, first responders, and their families were treated to ribs, potato salad and all the fixins of a good ole southern barbecue courtesy of Operation BBQ Relief.

"While everyone is working hard to rebuild, some of us go home and we're trying to fix our house. Having stuff like this kinda gives us a little bit of a break," said Davis.

Operation BBQ Relief Director of Non-Disaster Programs Jarrid Collins said they've served thousands of meals in our community since Hurricane Michael. Collins said they came back to thank service members and first responders for all they're doing to help the area get back on its feet.

"They lay their lives on the line daily and we're blessed to have them. We want to give back a little bit and let them know we're thinking about them," said Collins.

Collins said this stop is also a part of their Breaking Bread Tour. He said their goal is to run and bike 3,000 miles to eight cites in five states in 50 days while serving nearly 100,000 meals.

Operation BBQ Relief staff say the Community Barbecue event scheduled for Sunday at Tommy Oliver Stadium has been canceled due to impending rain. However, locals can pick up free meals at the Mosley High School cafeteria Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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