Olive Garden Donates Unused Food to Salvation Army

A national restaurant chain is doing their part by giving back to the community. Olive Garden implemented the Olive Garden Harvest Program in 2003, donating their unused food to charity.

“That’s where we collect wholesome unused food and we donate it on a weekly basis to the local Salvation Army for their soup kitchen,” said Julie Bondurant, Olive Garden General Manager.

Each day workers box up the food and store it. “We prepare it in a to go container, we label it, the date that it was harvested and we rapidly chill it,” said Bondurant. “We put it in the freezer and we cool it as quickly as possible.”

On Tuesdays, Salvation Army workers come and pick up the meals. Read more.