Donation Process

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The quality, wholesome prepared food donated from restaurants is a welcomed addition in the total effort to eliminate hunger in the United States – The food is deeply appreciated by the food rescue programs committed to serving those who experience hunger. Our Donor Partners understand that, when prepared food is involved, a small amount at a time can rapidly build up to make a big difference.

"Darden is excited to donate high-quality wholesome food and help struggling families in our local communities. FDC manages the Darden Harvest Program and ensures that the program runs smoothly."

--Angela Simmons, VP, Corporate Tax, Darden Corporation

Darden Restaurants ( Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Eddie V's, Yard House) donate their surplus food in the United States and in their Canadian restaurants.

“Hunger is the world’s most solvable crisis and as a global restaurant company, we know that our surplus food donations will help the nearly 800 million hungry people around the world. At Yum! Brands we take pride in knowing that our Harvest program feeds people who sacrifice their food budget to pay rent or keep the lights on. Our expert partners at Food Donation Connection help us feed hungry people each and every day by coordinating donations to charities just around the corner from our restaurants.”

--Tyler Hampton, Yum! Brands Foundation

"The Cheesecake Factory is excited to help people in our communities by donating wholesome food. FDC does a fabulous job managing the Cheesecake Factory Harvest Program! "

--Michelle Shapiro, Senior Tax Manager, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

“At McDonald’s we appreciate the work Food Donation Connection has done and is still doing to help our owner operators develop and launch their surplus food donation programs and connect with local food kitchens. They have been a valuable partner in the expansion of the program across the United States.”

--Ian Olson, US Sustainability Director, McDonald’s USA

Nando’s has been donating its surplus chicken to charity for three years now. It wouldn’t have been possible without the vision and support of Food Donation Connection. While others said it couldn’t be done with cooked chicken, FDC introduced us to their system that enabled us to do it simply and safely. And better than that they provided us with significant support to get our systems up and running. Our restaurant teams love building relationships with their local charities and have started supporting them in ways beyond just donating chicken. We owe FDC a great debt.”

-- Bob Gordon, Do the Right Thing Manager, Nando’s UK

“At KFC UK & Ireland, we believe no one should go hungry, wherever they live. In May 2014, in partnership with Food Donation Connection, we piloted our Food Donation Scheme to supply cooked, frozen, surplus chicken to local charities where it can be used to help feed those in need in the communities where our restaurants are situated. FDC has been a valuable partner in this process through their work in identifying local charities to whom we can donate, tracking the donation totals, and providing timely support as we expand.”

--Ian Hagg, CSR Director, KFC UK & Ireland