The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank and Darden Restaurants Partner to Advance Hunger Relief
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (FAFB), VA – April 3, 2014 – The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, serving all of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, and the City of Fredericksburg as well as neighboring communities, today announced it has been selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank to provide food and produce for the 2,800 residents living in remote areas of the community that rely on the Mobile Pantry program to supplement their food resources each month.
“People don’t realize how many struggle with hunger, especially children, in our community” said Mishelle Krogstad, FAFB Agency & Programs Director. “This couldn’t have come at a better time and we are very thankful!”
Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.
“Darden is a wonderful supporter of the food bank. We are always in need of fresh food for the Mobile Pantry,” stated Oya Oliver, CEO of the FAFB, “this grant will help us provide nutritious food to those that are hungry.”
“We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”
About Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank – Serving the 320,000 residents of Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline and the city of Fredericksburg, as well as neighboring communities. The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.5 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually; and supports over 70 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Club Kids after school snack programs, Food-4-Kidz Weekend Feeding programs, Kids on the Go Summer Meals programs, Food for Life senior feeding programs, Fresh Connections and soup kitchens. For more information on the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org.
About Darden Restaurants
Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Our restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit http://www.darden.com.
The Darden Foundation
The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Darden Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of service and community engagement as defining characteristics of Darden’s family of restaurants – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $71 million in grants to leading nonprofit organizations that align with its mission and community priorities: Recipe for Success®, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor grants. Through the Darden Harvest program, Darden Restaurants has also donated more than 66 million pounds of food to hunger relief agencies across the U.S. and Canada. In 2011, the Darden Foundation introduced the Restaurant Community Grants program that is dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities where we live and serve. For more information, please visit http://www.dardenfoundation.com.