KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To kickoff National BBQ month, the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is coordinating a national BBQ donation effort to cook and distribute more than 100,000 meals throughout America over the next year.
With almost 20,000 members and more than 425 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, world-class 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. "There are more than 7,000 teams who compete at our events, and for years, they all have demonstrated a giving, charitable mentality. We simply believed it was time to organize a major effort that is a natural extension of our overall mission."
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 100KCBS Meals Mission aims to help in this effort and give back to the community.
By April 30, 2015, KCBS will have donated more than 3,200 pork butts – the equivalent of 25,000 pounds of cooked pork, or, 100,000 meals to this effort. 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/100k-meals.php.
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About Kansas City Barbeque Society
The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 17,000 members worldwide.
KCBS sanctions over 400 barbeque contests throughout the United States and spanning the globe. From volunteering to actual event production, our members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events. For more information, visit: kcbs.us.
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