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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.
About the Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank engages community partners to end hunger. As the state’s largest hunger-relief provider, the Great Plains Food Bank partner network includes 310 charitable feeding programs operating in 113 communities across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. For more than 30 years, the Great Plains Food Bank and its statewide partner network of food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs have distributed food for more than 100 million meals to children seniors and families in need since opening its doors in 1983. The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need with affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status; a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network; and supported by United Way.