SECOND HARVEST FOODBANK OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN RECEIVES $4,000 DONATION FROM THE DARDEN FOUNDATION TO HELP END HUNGER

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Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin announced today a $4,000 grant from The Darden Foundation to help provide hunger-relief to southwestern Wisconsin families. The funds will be used for general operations.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Darden Foundation for this generous grant,” said Michelle Orge, president & CEO of Second Harvest Foodbank. “The funds will be used to not only improve the lives of those facing hunger, but everyone in our community because hunger impacts everyone, not just those who are food insecure.”

Second Harvest Foodbank, a member of the Feeding America® network, is one of 193 food banks to receive this funding from The Darden Foundation. It is projected that this grant will enable Second Harvest Foodbank to fund several initiatives, including the acquisition of fresh produce.

Darden LeadershipThe Darden Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity in communities across the United States. Their commitment to help is demonstrated through their partnership with Feeding America and their network of 200 food banks across the nation.

Feeding America has worked alongside The Darden Foundation for seven years in the fight to end hunger. Thanks to their ongoing support, the Feeding America network has been able to help provide even more meals to families in need.

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About Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin began working with local hunger-relief agencies in 1986. It helps end hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties through food distribution to its partner agencies, promotion of outside food assistance programs like FoodShare, and raising awareness of hunger. As southwestern Wisconsin’s largest hunger-relief charity it meets nearly one million requests for help each year. From July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 Second Harvest, together with its partner agencies and programs, provided 14.2 million meals.  It is one of 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. For more information, visit SecondHarvestMadison.org.

About Darden Restaurants and The Darden Foundation

Darden is a restaurant company featuring a portfolio of differentiated brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's. Our people equal our success, and we are proud to employ 185,000 team members in more than 1,700 restaurants. Together, we create memorable experiences for nearly 400 million guests each year in communities across North America.  The Darden Foundation works to bring to life our spirit of service through its philanthropic support of charitable organizations across the country. Since 1995, The Darden Foundation has awarded more than $90 million in grants to non-profit organizations such as Feeding America, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and American Red Cross. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

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