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Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Inc. and Darden Restaurants Partner to Advance Delivered Senior Food

LAS VEGAS - March 14, 2014 - PRLog -- Las Vegas, NV – March  6, 2014 – Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Inc., Senior Necessities Program, today announced it has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation (http://www.darden.com/commitment/community.asp), 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 enable Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Inc.’s project to support our pantry program, which provides monthly deliveries of approximately 15-20 pounds of free, non-perishable food, paper products, and household items to low income elderly in our community.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House 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.  Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.

“Our food pantry is unique, in that volunteers deliver food directly to seniors”, explained Dana Serrata, executive director of Helping Hands of Vegas Valley. “This grant will allow us to provide food to more seniors who are unable to travel to a food source, and may be making the choice between food and other necessities, like medication.”

“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.”

The grant funding will be used to purchase food for the Senior Necessities Program from local partner, Three Square Food Bank.

For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com. For additional information on Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Inc. please visit www.hhovv.org

About Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Inc.

Established in 2000, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides assistive services to senior citizens in Southern Nevada, allowing them to maintain their dignity and independence while improving daily living. Helping Hands provides transportation to and from medical appointments, shopping trips and errands; telephone reassurance and friendly visits. The organization also administers a respite care voucher program and maintains a food pantry. For more information, please visit www.hhovv.org.

About Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales.  Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people.  In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the fourth year in a row.  Our restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us.  Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want.  For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

The Darden Foundation

The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Darden Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of service and community engagement as defining characteristics of Darden’s family of restaurants – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $71 million in grants to leading nonprofit organizations that align with its mission and community priorities: Recipe for Success®, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor grants. Through the Darden Harvest program, Darden Restaurants has also donated more than 66 million pounds of food to hunger relief agencies across the U.S. and Canada. In 2011, the Darden Foundation introduced the Restaurant Community Grants program that is dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities where we live and serve. For more information, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com.

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