Jackson, Mississippi – April 22, 2015 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, continues to be the principle youth-serving agency for children living at or near poverty levels and attending public schools in the urban core of the Jackson Metropolitan Area (Hinds and Madison Counties), today announced it has been selected by the LongHorn in Madison and Flowood to receive a $2,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The annual grants program empowers each of the LongHorn locations to help award a grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi to prepare our members for a post-secondary education and career success.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi appreciate Darden’s support of our local organization. Funding will be used to give us the opportunity to impact the success of our youth graduating high school with plans for a post-secondary education, said Tina Taylor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s Development Director.”
“We’re proud to be able to support Boys & Girls Clubs through our Restaurant Community Grants program,” said Stephanie Ghertner, Director of the Darden Foundation. “Our team members are incredibly passionate about getting involved in their local communities, and this program enables them to do just that.”
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 – 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 77 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.