ET Food Bank, Darden Restaurants partner to feed East Texans

ET Food Bank, Darden Restaurants partner to feed East Texans
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Friday, May 3, 2013 - 9:20am

The East Texas Food Bank announces today it has been selected to receive a $6,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable are of Darden Restaurants, Inc.

The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. This grant will enable the East Texas Food Bank to
provide 48,000 meals for children, families and seniors who are at risk of hunger throughout our 26 county service area.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s 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.

The restaurants will award more than $1.9 million to more than 850 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education,
preservation of natural resources and hunger.

“We are very appreciative of Darden Restaurants for their support of our mission to fight hunger and feed hope,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “This grant will help us provide more than 48,000 meals to children, families and seniors who might otherwise go without.”

“Our employees are incredibly passionate about the communities where they live, and our restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities,” said Drew Madsen, Darden Restaurants’ president and chief operating officer.

“We’re all proud to build on that passion through the grants program and bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard.”

For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com.

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