GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville-Hall County Community Council on Aging(CCOA), which helps raise funds for Meals on Wheels, has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants.
The grants program, now in its third 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 help reduce the number of seniors on the Meals on Wheels waiting list.
CCOA Board Chairwoman, Carol Williams, said she is thrilled to receive support from Darden. "We have been tackling the Meals on Wheels waiting list for three years now. The support from Darden brings us that much closer to reaching our goal of eliminating the waiting list completely."
"We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve," said Gene Lee, Darden's President and Chief Operating Officer. "Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard," Lee said.
Darden's Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House brands participate in the program. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden's three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources or hunger relief.