The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is coordinating a national barbecue donation effort to cook and distribute more than 100,000 meals throughout America over the next year.
The Foothills Country Fair/KCBS Backyard BBQ Bash will be participating in the 100 KCBS Meals Mission by collecting food contributions for the hungry.
The public is invited to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the KCBS program during the the Foothills Country Fair.
The Foothills Country Fair/KCBS Backyard BBQ Bash will be working with The Caring Place to distribute the food locally to those in need.
With almost 20,000 members and more than 425 sanctioned barbecue events in its network, KCBS is the largest organization of barbecue 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 100 KCBS Meals Mission aims to help in this effort and give back to the community.
By April 30, 2015, KCBS hopes 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 perishable items to KCBS sanctioned events.
KCBS sanctions more than 400 barbeque contest throughout the United states and spanning the globe.
From volunteering to actual production, members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations, like the Bradley/Hamilton County Ruritan clubs that organizers the Foothills Country Fair/KCBS Backyard BBQ Bash.