Lancaster Family YMCA Receives $3,000 Grant from LongHorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden Restaurants

Funds advance YMCA’s Power Packs Project programs

Lancaster, PA  – The Lancaster Family YMCA announced it has been selected by the LongHorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden restaurants in Lancaster County to receive a $3,000 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 Steakhouse and Olive Garden locations to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will support the YMCA’s summer Power Packs program, serving families in Lancaster City, and its Lampeter-Strasburg Power Packs program, which supports families during the school year.

The Lancaster Family YMCA became the first affiliate partner with Power Packs Project in October 2011 as part of its mission to help children live healthier lives, nurture their ability to learn and reach their full potential. Power Packs Project provides summer and weekend food to families whose children might go hungry when the school’s subsidized lunch program is not available to them.

“We’re proud to be able to support the Lancaster Family YMCA through our RestaurantCommunity 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.