Because food is the restaurant industry’s business, restaurant operators are particularly committed to battling the problem of hunger in America. Many in our industry donate their food or their time, while others help fund efforts that provide food.
More than 35 million Americans are at risk of hunger every day. In contrast, 96 billion pounds of food go to waste each year. Restaurateurs are acutely aware of the challenge of hunger and actively involved in meeting it. Many operators raise funds for food initiatives and 73 percent make food donations.
Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry™ is a national fundraising event that brings thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry. Participating restaurants raise funds to support the campaign. Consumers aid by dining at the participating restaurants. The NRA is committed to helping SOS triple funds raised during the Dine Out for No Kid Hunger campaign through 2013.
Food Donation Connection is a national partnership that helps NRA members end hunger and reduce food waste. FDC serves as a liaison between foodservice companies and social services agencies that provide feeding programs to those at risk of hunger. The FDC coordinates companies’ donation of wholesome leftover food in a way that allows companies to realize tax advantages. Through FDC, Darden Restaurants has donated 50 million pounds of food to date.