Red Lobster Helps Fight Hunger in Central Florida

What do you think of when you hear the words “Red Lobster”? If you would have asked me a month ago I would have yelled “Cheddar Bay Biscuits!!” without skipping a beat (are those the best or what?). But now when someone mentions Red Lobster, I can only think of one word…heart.

Over the past 2 weeks Darden had the pleasure of hosting over 900 Red Lobster Managers from all of the country. They were here for their annual Leadership Conference at the Hilton Bonnet Creek. The folks from Red Lobster reached out to Darden and said they wanted to do something meaningful during their stay here. So that is where our story begins.

I am sure you know that during the school year there are thousands of students that receive free or reduced lunches at school. Have you ever wondered what happens on the weekends when the cafeterias are closed? Second Harvest Food Bank has a program called Hi-Five where we provide weekend feeding packs to schools in our service area so kids can have something to eat on Saturday & Sunday.

Darden donated the funds and man power to put together close to 12,000 packs to feed children in need in our community. Amazing, right? The groups were eager to get to work and flew through the pallets of food in just hours. It was incredible to see all of these Managers working together to create something so meaningful. But beyond this project, The Darden Foundation has provided enough packs to save over 20,000 weekends last year. Second Harvest is so very lucky and grateful to have such an incredible community partner.

Photos from the service project:

Is your company interested in doing a project like this?

Contact Sasha Hausman at or 407-295-5009 x 25.



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