“1 in 6 people struggle with hunger in our 11-parish service area, equating to roughly 16% of our population who are unable to secure adequate meals on a daily basis.”

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank announced today a $3,000 grant from The Darden Foundation to assist in their efforts of providing help to people facing hunger. The generous unrestricted grant will allow the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to allocate funds in areas the community needs most, thus generating thousands of meals for the hungry in our local area.

“1 in 6 people struggle with hunger in our 11-parish service area, equating to roughly 16% of our population who are unable to secure adequate meals on a daily basis,” said Mike Manning, President and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. “Hunger does not discriminate and there are many children, families and seniors who turn to our food bank for help. The Darden Foundation’s donation will go a long way for the people in our community.”

On average, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank distributes approximately 250,000 pounds of product a week and last year generated over 9 million meals for those in need. Monetary donations enable the Food Bank to purchase food at wholesale prices, allowing us to stretch a dollar further than the average consumer. Every single dollar raised can generate the equivalent of four meals.

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. The Restaurant Community Grants program empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to support local nonprofit organizations that align with its mission and community priorities. This generous grant from the Darden Foundation was made possible through the Food Bank’s relationship locally withLongHorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden Italian Restaurant.

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

Contributed by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank