The Westmoreland County Food Bank, the county’s largest hunger fighting organization, today announced it has been selected by the LongHorn Steakhouse #5371 in Greensburg to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation. This foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The annual grants program empowers each of the LongHorn locations to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable the Westmoreland County Food Bank to further their mission to enable all Westmoreland County residents who are hungry or at risk of hunger to have ready access to food.
“With the help from the Darden grant we will be able to purchase food to serve the over 16,500 people in Westmoreland County we do each month,” said Kris Douglas, WCFB Chief Executive Officer. “The community support from organizations such as this is integral to our existence and we are very appreciative of it.”
“We’re proud to be able to support the Westmoreland County Food Bank 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.”
For every $1.00 that is donated to the Food Bank they are able to purchase $5.00 worth of food. This grant will go a long way to help alleviate the effects of hunger and food-insecurity in Westmoreland County. Not surprisingly, many of the people the Food Bank serves are members of vulnerable populations including seniors, disabled individuals, and women with young children.
Recent studies reveal that low-income families must often make hard choices between paying for food and other necessities which include rent, prescription drugs, etc. Unforeseen life circumstances such as job loss or serious illness often force families into poverty and can start a chain-reaction of events ending in financial ruin for families with few resources. This grant will assist in purchasing food to ease some of the burdens placed on these households.
For additional information on the Westmoreland County Food Bank please visit www.westmorelandfoodbank.org.
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