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Kansas City Barbeque Society to Donate 250,000 Meals

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May 5, 2015

For the second year in a row, the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is kicking off national BBQ month with a major meals mission. After eclipsing its initial 100,000 meals goal in 2014, KCBS announced today that it’s expanding its program in an effort to generate more than 250,000 meals over the next 12 months for the homeless and hungry in America.

With more than 20,000 members and 450 sanctioned BBQ events in its network, KCBS is the largest organization of BBQ enthusiasts in the world. By using its volunteers, judges, cook teams and event organizers, the nonprofit society will be providing fully cooked, competition-style pork butts and other nonperishable food items to food banks and other charitable entities coast to coast, border to border.

“By the very nature of our size and collection of food enthusiasts, we have an obvious opportunity to make a difference in America’s hunger crisis,” said Carolyn Wells, executive director of KCBS, which is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization. “We were delighted to be able to donate, with the help of 2,000 competitive BBQ teams, over 115,000 meals throughout 2014, and this year, we are thrilled to increase that goal to 250,000 meals. As a family-based, food-centric organization, it is our mission to continue to make a difference in the fight against hunger.”

 According to recent hunger and poverty statistics, nearly 15 percent of all U.S. households, or 49 million people, struggle to put food on their table.  More than 1 in 5 children in the U.S. live below the poverty line.  The 250KCBS Meals Mission aims to help in this effort and give back to the community.

 Over the next 12 months, KCBS will organize its barbecue network and donate more than 5,000 pork butts to teams, who will then cook and prepare them at competitions on the professional circuit. The pork butts will yield 50,000 pounds and 250,000 meals for the mission. In addition to cooking the provided pork butts at participating events, all teams, judges and BBQ enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in this mission by bringing non-perishable items to KCBS sanctioned events.

 For more information or to view participating events, visit http://www.kcbs.us/meals-mission.php

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