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The mission of the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is to maintain a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy as defining characteristics of Darden Restaurants. The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation carries out this mission by focusing its philanthropic efforts on these key program areas:

Access to Postsecondary Education
Through our Recipe for Success ™ initiative, we support organizations that:
  • Positively impact the educational prospects of underserved youth, ages 14 to 18, in middle and high school
  • Provide access to the tools and information needed to pursue higher education (e.g. 2-4 year college, culinary or technical school)
Preservation of Natural Resources
We support organizations whose mission is:
  • Conserve and restore water ecosystems, including local lakes, rivers and coastlines
  • Protect and preserve open spaces, including local parks and trails
  • Invest in community gardens that promote food security for those most in need

Good Neighbor Grants
Good Neighbor Grants allow Darden to partner with vital organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International, the American Red Cross and Feeding America food banks, which are core to the success and vibrancy of every community we serve. In Central Florida, Good Neighbor Grants also support educational, arts & cultural and social services organizations we have long supported. It also reflects our partnerships with Heart of Florida United Way and United Arts of Central Florida.