Restaurant company donates $9K to East Texas Food Bank

Published on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:24 - Written by From Staff Reports

The East Texas Food Bank received a $9,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants.

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.

“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.”

The grants program, now in its third year, allows each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable the East Texas Food Bank to continue fighting hunger and feeding hope throughout its 26-county service area.

Many restaurants and brand 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.

“We are so grateful for Darden Restaurants continued support of our fight against hunger in East Texas,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, in the written release. “We hope that East Texans will remember that dining in one of Darden’s branded restaurants is an easy and delicious way to Fight Hunger and Feed Hope in East Texas.”

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