The Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, has announced more than $1.9 million in grants to over eight hundred and fifty nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada.
The grants were awarded through the company's Restaurant Community Grants program, which enables every Darden-brand restaurant to make a $1,000 grant to a local community program aligned with one of the foundation's three focus areas — access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources, and hunger prevention. For instance, through the program, Darden-brand restaurants recently partnered to award $23,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C.; $28,000 to multiple branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta; and $21,000 to Philabundance, a Feeding America foodbank in Philadelphia.
"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 Darden Restaurants president and CEO Drew Madsen. "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."