Hibachi Joe heading to Louisiana to cook for those affected by Hurricane Laura

Joe is giving back to his local community and those in need hours away.
Joe is giving back to his local community and those in need hours away.(WTVY)
Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 2:38 PM CDT
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Dothan private chef Hibachi Joe first caught our attention when he cooked hibachi for students who would miss out on meals when schools closed.

Now he’s striking again with more good deeds.

Judy Covington has been living in a shed with no power or running water since March.

“All of my lights are battery-operated, all my fans are battery-operated, my battery is operated and I have a stove that’s working on butane and that’s about it,” says Covington.

Judy’s only income is the widow’s check she receives each month but after medication, buying bags of ice by the daily, and using $13 worth of batteries a day she’s not left much.

When Hibachi Joe ran across her story, he cooked and delivered her hibachi.

“It was a shock but that was some of the greatest food I ate,” says Covington.

This weekend he’s doing again but for those affected by Hurricane Laurel.

He’s packing up his van with his grill, rice warmer and as much food that will fit and heading to Louisiana place of devastation that reminds him of the damage Hurricane Michael left two years ago.

“I know that there are some people out there into hard times right now. They might not be able to find any hot meals anywhere because there is no power,” says Joe.

He doesn’t know exactly where he will go but one thing is for certain he’s going to cook until he runs out supplies.

He’s not asking or accepting any food or cash donations.

The support of his restaurant the community has shown has blessed him to bless others with no outside help.

To be able to help those in need hours away from home is a dream opportunity for Joe’s.

He does have one request for the Wiregrass.

“I just want everyone to help pray for my trip, pray for those who are over there affected by the Hurricane Laurel,” says Joe.

Joe will head out Sunday night.

We’ll keep you updated on his journey.

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