The Darden Foundation has donated $1.7 million to Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, as the company focuses its philanthropy on providing food for people who need it.
As a restaurant company that serves 380 million guests annually, Darden is in a unique position to help the 42 million Americans (including 13 million children) at risk of hunger. Since 2003, the company has been donating unserved food from its restaurants through Darden Harvest. The food is distributed through partner agencies.
The Harvest program reached a milestone when it recently surpassed 100 million pounds of donated food. Darden wanted to do more to fight hunger, however, and turned to Feeding America and its vast network of food banks.
“Hunger affects every generation in every county in this country,” said Stephanie Ghertner, Director of Community Affairs for Darden. “Our commitment to fighting hunger extends deep into the communities of our team members and guests.”
The $1.7 million donation from the Darden Foundation translates into 18.7 million meals for people in need — a massive impact that will help nearly all of Feeding America’s 200 food banks around the country.