Darden Gives Back to the Community…in a Major Way!

As we gear up for the year’s upcoming holiday season, it is nice to see some companies already on their way to giving back to the community (and those most in need) in a major way. Over 100 volunteers from Darden’s Specialty Restaurant Group, comprising The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze Island Grille and Seasons 52, took part in two community outreach projects during the group’s annual Leadership Conference.

Approximately 65 restaurant leaders volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank to assemble food packs for the Hi-Five Kids Pack Program, which provides nutritious weekend meals to children who depend on free and reduced lunches offered by school cafeterias during the week. The Specialty Restaurant Group also donated $6,000 to the food bank to purchase kid-friendly items that make up the take-home packs. Volunteers created 2,000 food pack meals.


John Martin - President of The Capital Grille, Gene Lee - President of Specialty Restaurant Groups, Stephen Judge - President of Seasons 52, Laurie Burns - President of Bahama Breeze, and Dave Krepcho – President/CEO of Second Harvest



More than 60 members of the group painted the exterior of the Coalition for the HomelessCenter for Women and Families, which can provide shelter and services for up to 240 homeless single women and parents with children. The Specialty Restaurant Group donated $4,000 for the paint and supplies used during the project.

Now that’s what we consider real giving… maybe this might inspire you to give back, too?



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