FLINT — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint has announced it was selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.
The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint to serve more youth through providing a safe and positive environment after school and during the summer and focus on the organi- zation’s food service program, in partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, which provides more than 50,000 meals to children each year.
Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s brands participated in the program.
Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community.
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.
“We are pleased to have received this grant and are appreciative that Darden restaurants are supporting the local community. We look forward to furthering this partnership to benefit the local youth,” said Bob Nelson, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint.
“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.”