BBQ part of relief package in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — A Missouri-based organization is bringing a traditional North Carolina staple to areas trying to recover from the former Hurricane Florence.

Operation BBQ Relief said in a statement Tuesday that it had deployed its group of barbecue enthusiasts to Wilmington and Fayetteville to support recovery efforts by providing hot meals to displaced residents and first responders.

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee posted on Facebook that founder Amy and Ben Wright were instrumental in bringing them to Wilmington.

WWAY has been told the crew has set up in the old Kmart parking lot in Wilmington on College Road.

The organization says the Wilmington and Fayetteville deployment locations are capable of producing up to 50,000 meals per day.

The organization was established in 2011 following a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Since then, the organization has deployed to disasters including South Carolina flooding in 2016 and Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

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