Meat+Poultry - June 2018 - 40
Crews consist of
volunteers, state leads
and, if necessary, a
member or members of
the executive team.
In 2017, Seaboard Foods donated enough
Prairie Fresh pork for approximately 376,000
meals. The total donation equaled about seven
truckloads of pork. Seaboard will provide fresh
pork as needed throughout the rest of 2018.
The company has committed to donations
similar to those made in 2017.
"Our expectations are that Prairie Fresh
will be a long-term partner with Operation BBQ
Relief," Eaheart says. "It's a natural fit with our
business, products and employees. We can't wait
to see what's next for OBR and its volunteers."
OBR and its partners continue to move forward
and develop the mission to feed those in need
further. About two years ago, OBR moved
beyond waiting for the next disaster to strike
and started a program called A Day of Giving.
The mission to feed large groups of people
remains, but OBR has taken mass feeding to
"It's a day in a community. It's a day that
impacts someone or some group," Hays says.
"When we look back over the last 18 months,
we're doing probably 40 percent with military/
veteran involvement where we were doing
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engagements that were around a veteran
cause or an active military, cooking on base,
for a group."
Hays says the executive team also looks at
what they can do regarding the fight against
hunger. Last year OBR served around 20,000
meals between Thanksgiving and Christmas
in 12 different communities throughout the
US. The people who received those meals did
not have access to a hot meal during that time
"We're going to solidify a couple of
programs that we'll build out, but we're going
to put more structure around them where we
will do more veteran military events," Hays
says. "We will start with that. At the end of May
we launched two new trailers that will change
how mass feeding is done in the field."
May of 2018 saw Seaboard give generously
in support of OBR's plan to expand its mission
to feed those that are hungry and in need.
"We're also pleased to announce additional
dollars to support the operation and
maintenance of the new Operation BBQ Relief
Command Center trailer that made its debut on
May 25 at a Day of Giving event in Maryland,"