Retired Green Beret and combat-wounded amputee serves up 80,000 hot meals across the US

When people are in need, sometimes, a hot meal goes a long way. Operation BBQ Relief is a non-profit organization that provides food to first responders and victims of natural disasters. Since 2011, they have served three million hot meals. The organization now is expanding to include non-disaster food help, with a new initiative being headed up by a brand-new Tampa resident. “To put in the first lesson I learned as a Green Beret, we want to leave things better than we received it. So that’s what we are trying to do," explains retired Army Green Beret and combat-wounded amputee Jarrid "Jay" Collins. After serving 23 years in the army, the last five as an amputee, Collins retired Dec. 1, 2018. By the start of the new year, he was on a new mission. “Rather than taking a big vacation or laying back, I decided, let’s just get back into work," Collins said. "So I took my position as the head of non-disaster programs with Operation BBQ Relief and the next thing I know I am running, riding a bike, hand cycling across America, serving BBQ to people.” During the "Breaking Bread Tour," Collins covered 3,000 miles and more than eight states in 50 days -- with just one leg.
Published: 6:42 PM EDT June 16, 2019
Updated: 6:41 PM EDT June 16, 2019