4Rivers Smokehouse will open Sunday at all of its Florida locations to assist in relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

The restaurants will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, a day that they are typically closed.

Proceeds will go to the World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

John Rivers, the founder of 4Rivers Smokehouse, felt compelled to turn his love for brisket and Texas-style barbecue into something more than simply feeding the community. H wanted to make a difference.

In 2004, Rivers initiated a barbecue fundraiser to support a young girl battling cancer. To his surprise, 400 plus people showed up to support the fund effort and it inspired Rivers to continue.

Along with family, friends and a growing team of volunteers, Rivers pioneered a barbecue ministry for any person or cause that needed support — schools, churches, charities, civic organizations and anyone in distress.

The 4R Restaurant Group established the 4R Foundation Inc. to ensure the continuation and enhancement of its charitable efforts, as stated on its website.

This once local involvement has expanded beyond backyard and neighboring communities with the intent now to feed those afflicted from devastating Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.

To learn more about the 4R Foundation Inc., visit their website at: www.4r-foundation.org/about-1#about-us.