Almost a thousand Kentuckians are staying in shelters after tornadoes tore through the western part of the state a little over a week ago. That number doesn’t even count people staying with family and friends, or those staying without electricity, so having a hot meal is so important.
Operation BBQ Relief is feeding more than 5,000 people a day in Mayfield, Kentucky.
The company started doing this years ago after a tornado hit Missouri.
Now, they’ve shown up to at least 80 disaster sites to feed people.
The massive operation contains several tents full of food and supplies.
The workers camp onsite so that they can check on the smokers.
Many of them will be away from their families this Christmas to make sure these victims have dinner on the holidays.
"To me, it’s about giving them that one hot meal. Letting them eat with their family, and kind of have some normalcy," John Imbriolo, Director of Culinary at Operation BBQ Relief, says.
And it's not just food. People from all over are showing up with free gas, generators, water and endless donations.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear helped give out shoes to storm victims on Sunday.
Gov. Beshear said that 78 people in the state have died from tornadoes.