GRANT IS ONE OF MORE THAN 850 AWARDED THROUGH
DARDEN’S RESTAURANT COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM
The donation will enable CRAEF to provide scholarship outreach and support to selected Southern California schools.
“We are so grateful to Darden for its gift and acknowledgement of the valuable support CRAEF provides to students who dream about pursuing higher education,” CRAEF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield said. “The grant will allow us to connect youth to the resources they need to make those dreams a reality.”
Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, the Capital Grille and Eddie V’s brands participated in the program. The restaurants will award more than $1.9 million to more than 850 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.
“Our employees are incredibly passionate about the communities where they live, and our restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities,” said Drew Madsen, Darden Restaurants’ president and chief operating officer. “We’re all proud to build on that passion through the grants program and bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard.”
For more information about the Darden Foundation, visit dardenfoundation.com.For more information about CRAEF, visit craef.org.