Operation BBQ Relief to Serve 1,000 Hot Meals to Needy Residents Tomorrow

TOMS RIVER – Residents in need can get a hot meal Nov. 3 as part of Operation Barbeque Relief.

Hope Center, 253 Chestnut St., will serve those meals from noon to 3 p.m. A coat drive will also take place.

David Keith, South Jersey Lead for Operation BBQ Relief, said they were deployed in New Jersey and New York after Superstorm Sandy. They are currently providing meals to hurricane victims in Panama City Beach.

“Yesterday we served our one millionth meal in 2018,” Keith said. “We are here in Toms River to help those who need it most. Please stop by and see us and enjoy a hot barbeque meal.”

The Operation was founded in 2011 after the Joplin, Missouri tornado. They’ve provided 1.2 million meals during 37 deployments to 21 states. More than 4,000 people volunteer through them.

The Hope Center is a nonprofit organization that provides support, resources, referrals and food to clients in need. The center was initiated by the Clergy Association of Greater Toms River.

For more information on Operation BBQ relief, visit operationbbqrelief.org.