Foo Fighters Frontman Dave Grohl Breaks Out the Barbecue Again for Hundreds Facing Homelessness

Dave Grohl smiling with other volunteers, holding barbecued meats

“Foo Fighters” frontman Dave Grohl is the hero we need in times like these. 

In between his band’s tour dates in Australia, Grohl spent a rare day off in Melbourne volunteering for The Big Umbrella Foundation, a food rescue charity that helps feed unhoused and food-insecure individuals

In the midst of a heat wave, the charity said that Grohl spent “18 hours preparing and lovingly smoking 120kgs (44 lbs) of pork ribs, pork butt, and beef brisket.” By the end of the day, Grohl and his fellow volunteers had served over 430 meals to locals in need. 

“It will be a day 'our friends on the streets' will never forget as they brushed up against a rock legend and one of the nicest guys on the planet, who genuinely cares for people in need,” read a caption on Big Umbrella Foundation’s Instagram page. “No words can fully capture the impact of this positive experience.”

This isn’t the first time the former Nirvana drummer has broken out the meat smoker to help people. Through his catering service, Backbeat BBQ, Grohl provided meals for displaced community members and firefighters when fires hit Malibu in 2018. 

And just this past year on February 22, Grohl volunteered for over 24 hours at Hope the Mission’s Trebek Center in Northridge. As a storm raged on overhead, the grill master cooked and served barbecue to 450 community members experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.

Outside of a few quick naps in the parking lot, Grohl worked nonstop. He even found time to feed the 50 staffers who worked the event. 

In an interview with Today, Hope the Mission’s director of development Grace Ancheta said that Grohl “wanted no glory” for his good deeds. 

“He was like, ‘I just want to do this for you guys and give back in that way,’” Ancheta recalled.

Header images courtesy of The Big Umbrella Foundation

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December 13, 2023 9:43 AM
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