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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

  • People received help with immigration-related services


  • Problem gamblers who found help


  • Hours of training provided by Child Care Aware to early childhood workforce


  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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