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Great Plains Food Bank and Darden Restaurants partner to address hunger

Fargo, ND – April 15, 2014 – The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, received a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants.

The grants program empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable the Great Plains Food Bank to recover surplus perishable food and prepared meals from restaurants and other food industry partners, and deliver it to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters—touching the lives of one in 10 people who seek emergency food support.

Darden’s Red Lobster and Olive Garden brands participated in the program. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.

Our Impact This Year

  • Licensed child care programs in ND serving 36,529 kids


  • More than 47% of ND kids have had 1+ adverse childhood experience


  • People in ND who were educated about their pregnancy and options


  • Luther Hall kids who saw significant mental health improvements after treatment


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