LUMBERTON — Free hot meals are being provided to disaster survivors and emergency responders today and on Saturday in a team effort by Operation BBQ Relief and Sam’s Club.
It will be distributed until 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sam’s Club, which is at 5085 Dawn Drive, Lumberton.
According to a statement from Sam’s Club, Operation BBQ Relief is a nonprofit made up of championship barbecue teams that helps feed people in disaster-stricken areas across the U.S. Expertise in cooking large meals and an organizational structure that allows teams to quickly mobilize means that deployment teams can move into any area where nature disrupts.
Sam’s Club is donating food and providing volunteers as part of the feeding effort.
So far, Sam’s Club, along with Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have given $2 million in cash and product donations to organizations helping with the relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Some of the donations include:
— Six truckloads totaling 128 pallets of water to various organizations, including the American Red Cross, Convoy of Hope and the North Carolina Emergency Management,
— Product donations to support shelter operations in Lumberton.
— And canned and dry food to Convoy of Hope stationed at PowerPoint Church in Lumberton.