At Olive Garden, we want the experience of warmth and caring to extend beyond our restaurant walls and into every community where we live and serve. Our restaurants throughout the US and Canada serve their communities through a variety of local efforts, such as delivering meals in times of need and sponsoring a range of charity and school events. The restaurants also participate in company-wide community relations programs including Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Darden Harvest, Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and more.
Every Olive Garden restaurant participates in the Darden Harvest program, in partnership with the Food Donation Connection, donating high-quality food items to community food banks to help feed the hungry. Since 2003, Darden’s restaurants have donated more than 66 million pounds of food to those in need.
Restaurant Community Grants
Restaurants each award a $1,000 grant to an exceptional nonprofit organization in the local community. In its second year, the program resulted in more than $1.9 million in grants to nearly 900 nonprofits across the United States and Canada.
New Restaurant Opening Community Donations
With each new Olive Garden restaurant opening, we donate a portion of proceeds from pre-opening training events to help local organizations in need.
Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program
Olive Garden and other Darden restaurants are members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and donate meals to help feed local families affected by natural disasters.