Darden Supports More than 850 Nonprofits Across the Country Through its Restaurant Community Grants Program
Program awards more than $1.9 million in its second year to local organizations in the U.S. and Canada
ORLANDO, FLA., April 3, 2013 – The Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc., today awarded more than $1.9 million to more than 850 nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada as part of its Restaurant Community Grants program. The program empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs that align with three focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.
Darden Restaurants Joins Michelle Obama To Improve Menus
Darden Restaurants, one of the largest operators of restaurants in the US that includes Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Capital Grille and Seasons 52, pledged Thursday to assist First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign in helping to fight childhood obesity with healthier menu options for children.
The First Lady and the Partnership for a Healthier America joined company leaders at an Olive Garden in Hyattsville, MD to announce its commitment, according to a Darden Restaurant press release.
Darden's service philosophy extends beyond the walls of its restaurants and into the communities the company serves. We're proud to join in raising awareness for the #GivingTuesday season. For more information, click here or visit http://www.givingtuesday.org. [Read More]Watch the video
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boca Raton Receives Surprise $10,000 Donation and School Supplies from Red Lobster
Recently, the Boys & Girls of Boca Raton received a $10,000 donation from Red Lobster. The donation was presented at Red Lobster's annual Operations Leadership Conference in Boca Raton, along with a donation of school supplies to help support the organization's mission of enabling youth to reach their full potential and achieve academic success. [Read More]
Hunger Action Month:
Darden Restaurants is partnering with Feeding America to raise awareness that September is Hunger Action Month. Over 50 million people in America face hunger. That is 1 in 6 of the U.S. population – including more than 1 in 5 children. For more information, visit http://www.hungeractionmonth.org.
The Darden Harvest program offers an alternative to discarding food through a partnership with Food Donation Connection, which coordinates donations to food banks and other charitable organizations across the country. In fiscal year 2012, Darden's 2,000 restaurants contributed more than 10 million pounds of cooked food to local food banks across the United States and Canada. With full participation from all Darden restaurants, the program has donated more than 56 million pounds of surplus food to families in need since its inception.
New Orleans City Park Receives SurNew Orleans City Park Receives Surprise $10,000 Donation from LongHorn Steakhouse
New Orleans City Park is the recipient of a $10,000 donation from Darden Restaurant's LongHorn Steakhouse. This donation was presented at the LongHorn Steakhouse's annual leadership conference taking place in New Orleans and parallels the company's other charitable support of public trails and open spaces through its partnership with National Recreation and Park Association. During Wednesday's gathering, Dave George, president of LongHorn Steakhouse presented the surprise. [Read More]
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana Receives Surprise $25,000 Donation and School Supplies from Red Lobster
Recently, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana (SELA) received a $25,000 donation from Red Lobster. The donation was presented at Red Lobster's annual Operations Leadership Conference in New Orleans, along with a donation of school supplies to help support the organization's mission of enabling youth to reach their full potential and achieve academic success.
"We are so thankful to receive this generous donation from Red Lobster which will help us continue to serve those young people who need us most in the New Orleans community," says Darrell W. Guy, Sr., Director of the NFL YET (Youth Education Town) unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of SELA. "Not only does working with companies like Red Lobster foster greater community involvement, but it also helps secure more great futures for our youth." [Read More]
Darden Restaurants Awards More Than $1.7 Million in Local Grants to Nearly 900 Nonprofit Organizations in North America
Darden Restaurants Awards More Than $1.7 Million in Local Grants to Nearly 900 Nonprofit Organizations in North America Inaugural Restaurant Community Grants program underscores Darden's commitment to make a difference in the communities it serves.
Today, the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc., announces it is awarding more than $1.7 million to nearly 900 nonprofit organizations in communities across the U.S. and Canada as part of its inaugural Darden Restaurants Community Grants program. The local grants program is intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve. Every restaurant within the Darden family had the opportunity to help award a $1,000 grant to a nonprofit organization in its local community. [Read More]