John Rivers is Feeding the Need


John Rivers is a man with a mission and a ministry, both driven by a passion for barbecue and for helping others. Rivers spent two decades perfecting his own recipes and techniques. In 2004, the former healthcare executive began a self-described barbecue ministry in his garage, cooking brisket to raise money to help those in need. In 2009, he renovated an old transmission shop and opened his first 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Today there are over 24 4 Rivers locations offering what has been named the best barbecue in the south. He talks to Marc Middleton about what drives his desire to bring meals to the food insecure, how the COVID-19 pandemic affected his work and how his non-profit Feed The Need went to work to continue their mission.

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