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Darden Harvest 10th Anniversary

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Darden Harvest 10th Anniversary

In 2011, some 50 million Americans lived in food insecure households. Of those, 58 percent live above the federal income poverty line and most of the time we fail to recognize they need a warm meal. The resources in place to feed them—community organizations and food banks—are often filled to capacity and also in need of outside help from corporate programs and donors.

During the month of February, Darden's Harvest Program is celebrating its 10th year. Darden Harvest has provided more than 62 million pounds of food to local organizations and food banks; that’s equivalent to serving 19,300 families of four, three meals a day for an entire year. Harvest donations are safely saved, fully-prepared menu items including everything from lasagna and vegetables to lobster dishes. Darden’s Harvest program is the largest prepared-foods donation program running year-long to benefit those in need.

FMRs from this campaign

Darden Harvest Combats Hunger in Houston Area
The latest estimates performed by the city government reveal that Houston, TX is home to over 11,000 restaurants. This may...
Mar 1, 2013 11:55 AM ET
Companies at the Intersection of Food Waste and Hunger
We live in a world where the amount of food wasted is on the rise while the number of people who are food insecure is growing. In 2010, the U.S. wasted 33.79 million tons of food while 17.2 million U.S. households...
Feb 27, 2013 11:45 AM ET
Restaurant Chains Donate Unserved Food to Families in Need
About 40 percent of all edible food goes to waste in the United States, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. At the same time, more than ...
Feb 19, 2013 12:00 PM ET
Infographic: How Darden Harvest Helps
Darden Harvest Program Through Darden's partnership with Food Donation Connection, Darden’s 2,000 restaurants are able to donate surplus food to local food banks, Feeding America and other worthy charitable organizations throughout the country. Food Donation Connection provides an alternative to discarding surplus wholesome food by linking...
Feb 5, 2013 2:25 PM ET