My cousin Sinclair Griffin Lee, of the Wilson,North Carolina, Griffins, sent me this nice article from the Charlotte paper on Operation Barbecue Relief. The group started in Joplin, Missouri after the tornado that devastated that city in 2011. They organized volunteers locally and from competition pitmasters from eight states and served 120,000 meals over 13 days. After Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, Operation Barbecue Relief organized in Wilmington and, with the help of 450 volunteers, served 220,000 meals in a week.
They were hardly alone. Clyde Coopers in Raleigh went down to Duplin County, where they’re from, and served hundreds of people, and I recall reading that Bum’s was open at 5:00 a.m. to serve first responders and that Sam Jones was organizing a barbecue relief effort. And I have to mention the CEO of Waffle House, Walt Ehmer, who was personally serving food at a Wilmington Waffle House, and keeping the five Waffle Houses there open immediately after the storm..
That’s a lot of good people serving a lot of good food, but there’s a lot more to be done for people who are still reeling from Florence. I heard yesterday that rivers were still rising.
You can donate to Operation Barbecue Relief here.