(Harrisburg, PA, August 1, 2019) — The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank announced today a $22,000 grant from The Darden Foundation to help provide more than 132,000 nutritious meals to thousands of families and individuals throughout 27 central Pennsylvania counties.
One in nine individuals in central Pennsylvania, including one in six children, struggle with hunger. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves nearly 140,000 people in need every month.
“We are grateful for the support of partners like the Darden Foundation who understand the importance of ending hunger in their community,” said Joe Arthur, Executive Director. “Their generous support will help us provide better access to healthy and nutritious meals to those struggling with hunger in our communities.”
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, 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 the Food Bank to fund several initiatives, including its youth and senior programs and its MilitaryShare program for veterans and active duty military personnel.
The 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.
To learn more about the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, visit www.centralpafoodbank.org.
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About the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 1,000 local agencies and partner programs, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves nearly 140,000 people in need every month. For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit centralpafoodbank.org or call 717-564-1700.
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.