More than $10 million donated to Feeding America by the Darden Foundation

More than 127 million pounds of food donated through our Harvest program

More than 200 million meals provided for our neighbors in need

Our Partnership with Feeding America

Our Partnership with Feeding America

Food insecurity impacts individuals in every community within the United States, and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the hunger crisis. Feeding America estimates that as many as one in eight people may face hunger, amounting to more than 42 million people. This reinforces the importance of our 10-year partnership. Recently, the Darden Foundation provided $2.5 million to support Feeding America's network of nearly 200 food banks across all 50 states, helping provide meals to people in need.

Our Support of Feeding America Over the Last Five Fiscal Years

Darden Helps Feeding America Add Mobile Food Pantries

The need for food has increased even more due to COVID-19, and the impact to People of Color is disproportionately high. As part of our ongoing efforts to fight hunger, Darden Restaurants has partnered with Feeding America to enhance mobile food pantry programs in areas with higher levels of food insecurity, including communities of color. Through a $500,000 grant from the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation and additional support from Darden’s partners, Penske Truck Leasing and Lineage Logistics, five Feeding America food banks each received a 26-foot refrigerated box truck to help increase access to nutritious food and address transportation needs… Learn More

Our Harvest Program

Every one of our restaurants participates in our Harvest food donation program in partnership with Food Donation Connection to help fight hunger in their local community. Each day, team members collect wholesome, surplus food that was not served to guests and prepare it for weekly donation to food banks and other nonprofit partners. By harvesting excess nutritious food like pasta, steak, chicken, vegetables and soup, our restaurants provide an immediate impact in their community – rather than disposing of it.

What We Donate

Harvest Donations Over Time

(Total pounds of food)

Fighting Hunger in Our Hometown

Orlando has been our home since 1968, and food insecurity has risen to affect as many as one in seven of our neighbors in Central Florida. To help address hunger in our hometown, we support a number of local organizations that provide nutritious meals for those in need, including Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Seniors First, and Meals on Wheels… Learn More