Firin' Up The Fox BBQ Contest & Festival
Firin' Up The Fox BBQ Contest & Festival

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. The Shodeen Group Firin' Up the Fox BBQ Contest & Festival in St. Charles, IL will be participating in the 100KCBS Meals Mission by collecting food contributions for the hungry.

Firin' Up the Fox BBQ Contest & Festival will be held on July 11 - 13, 2014 at the former St. Charles mall property at the intersections of Rt 38 and Randall Road. The general public can bring non-perishable food items to donate to the 100KCBS Meals Mission. Firin' Up the Fox BBQ Contest & Festival will be working with Lazarus House and other local charities to distribute the food to those in need. Participating competition teams will cook an extra pork butt provided by KCBS from our local supermarket and sponsor, Blue Goose Market. Those pork butts will then be distributed to the local charities.

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. 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. For more information or to view participating events, visit kcbs.us/100k-meals.

Firin' Up the Fox BBQ Contest & Festival is a community festival that is produced and organized by more than 150 volunteer residents and business owners from Pride of the Fox. For more information regarding Firin' Up the Fox BBQ Contest & Festival including barbecue seminars and classes, sponsorship, volunteering or the festival schedule, visit firinupthefox.com, email info@firinupthefox.com or call the BBQ hotline at 630-233.4746. 


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