The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is getting help to feed more people.

Darden Restaurants, the parent company of eateries such as Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, is combatting food insecurity by donating refrigerated trucks to support mobile food pantry programs and distribution in communities for Feeding America and its member food banks. 

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is among those who will benefit from the contribution. 

Through a $2 million grant from Darden Restaurants Inc. Foundation and support from Penske Truck Leasing and Lineage Logistics, the Food Bank of NELA is receiving a 26-foot truck that can transport up to 12,000 pounds of food. 

“As a restaurant company, we’re uniquely positioned to make a meaningful difference in the fight against hunger and have been partners with Feeding America for more than 10 years,” Stephanie Ghertner, director of the Darden Restaurants Inc. Foundation, said. “They helped identify food banks serving communities of color with disproportionately high levels of food insecurity and with a need to increase their mobile food bank capacity.” 

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