Nearly 225 military members and their families near Whiteman Air Force Base were served PrairieFresh® Premium Pork and Butterball® turkey prepared and served by Operation BBQ Relief volunteers and Seaboard Foods employees as part of OBR and Seaboard Foods Day of Giving. The event was coordinated by Operation Homefront.
In addition, military families participated in festive family fun activities, such as pictures with Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus and raffles for holiday gifts. More than 60 volunteers from Seaboard Foods and Operation BBQ Relief assisted with the festivities, and prepared and served the smoked pork and turkey meals.
"On behalf of Seaboard Foods, we were so grateful to share a festive evening with those serving at Whiteman Air Force Base and their families. Our hearts were warmed by their bright smiles after spending time with Santa and Mrs. Claus while enjoying a dinner of PrairieFresh smoked pork loins and Butterball smoked turkeys prepared by our friends at Operation BBQ Relief," says David Eaheart, Seaboard Foods director of communications and marketing. "Working with OBR is always a pleasure and we were so glad that together we had the opportunity to show our appreciation and thank our military for their service to our country."
This Holiday Military Appreciation Dinner is one of 10 Day of Giving events Operation BBQ Relief is participating in this holiday season, and the volunteer organization expects to prepare and serve 15,000 Day of Giving meals. PrairieFresh® Premium Pork is the premier pork supplier of OBR during deployments and Day of Giving events.
About PrairieFresh® Premium Pork
PrairieFresh® Premium Pork is the brand of a uniquely connected food system. As producer of PrairieFresh® pork, Seaboard Foods, headquartered in Kansas City, relentlessly seeks a better way to produce wholesome pork by purposely connecting every step between its farms and family tables around the world ensuring the well-being of its animals, the environment, employees and the communities they call home. PrairieFresh® Premium Pork is the premier pork supplier to Operation BBQ Relief® (OBR) and supplied OBR with pork to serve more than 376,000 meals following natural disasters in 2017.
Operation BBQ Relief®
Founded in 2011 in the wake of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo., Operation BBQ Relief® has provided approximately 1,200,000 hot barbecue meals during 37 deployments in 22 states. The organization has more than 4,000 registered volunteers who travel to hard-hit areas to barbecue and serve food to hungry people. (www.operationbbqrelief.org)
Operation BBQ Relief provides compassion, offers hope and friendship to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States. We leverage our expertise in cooking and catering barbecue meals with our ability to quickly mobilize our teams into any area where disaster disrupts and tears apart the lives of Americans.
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America's military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.