Because of the Good Samaritan Law passed in 1996, restaurants can donate unused food for feeding children and adults. In 2004, the Darden Harvest Program was created. Darden owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and other brands. Yum Foods, e.g., Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken, also participates in a similar program. Other communities’ restaurants might participate also.
“Turning excess restaurant food into kids’ meals”
Rock Center | April 25, 2012
Making a Difference: Turning excess restaurant food into kids' meals
By some estimates, up to 40 percent of all edible food goes to waste. One large restaurant chain with 1,900 locations, Darden Restaurants, is doing its part to make sure the leftovers don’t end up in a dumpster. Each of its restaurants has a program in place to donate its excess food to food banks, after school programs and charitable organizations. Rock Center Special Correspondent Chelsea Clinton reports.