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January 14, 2014  – The Fraenkel Center: Our New Home

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After calling the warehouse at 5546 Choctaw home for 17 years, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has now moved to a new location at the Fraenkel Center. The Food Bank hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today, Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 10 am. The ceremony took place at the new facility located at 10600 South Choctaw. Mayor Kip Holden was present in addition to other dignitaries and major donors who made the move to the new facility possible.

The new facility will enable the Food Bank to better serve its 11 parishes by increasing capacity, efficiency and output. More than three times the square footage of the former Food Bank warehouse, the Fraenkel Center facility is the foundation of a transformation for the Food Bank.

The Fraenkel Center is the former site of Fraenkel Furniture, a very successful furniture store owned by Albert Fraenkel. Opening its doors back in 1973, Fraenkel operated out of the facility for decades.

“Being able to offer up the facility to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank presented me with a noble purpose and opportunity to help thousands of people I had never met and will likely never meet, “ said Fraenkel. “From hunger to hope and from furniture to food, I couldn’t think of a better way to put this building to use.”

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank completed the move to the new facility over the holidays and will continue to serve over 130 agencies across 11 parishes from the new location.

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Pictured above (from left to right): Mike Manning, President & CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank; Senator Sharon Weston Broome (Senate District 15); Mayor President Kip Holden; Mr. Albert Fraenkel; Metro Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis (District 6); Brad Lambert, Chairman of the Board of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank; Bobby Yarborough, Chairman of the “From Hunger to Hope” Capital Campaign and CEO of Manda Fine Meats.

Take the tour! Visit our Facebook album to check out our new facility: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152176636083987.1073741834.39460453986&type=3

 

 

March 17, 2014  – Adopt-A-Senior Receives Support From Darden Grant

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has been selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to provide additional support for the Adopt-a-Senior program.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community.  Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.

“The Adopt-A-Senior program is very important to the seniors that we serve. The grant from Darden allows us to provide increased support to the seniors included in the program that may otherwise be faced with making the choice between food or prescription medications. This type of support for our community from partners like Darden is invaluable and vital to our ability to provide food to those in need,” said Mike Manning, President and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

“We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”

The Adopt-A-Senior program’s purpose is to improve the quality of life of seniors with limited incomes by allowing them to stretch their budgets so that they do not have to choose between paying for medications, paying utility bills, paying for transportation or buying food. The Adopt-A-Senior program provides basic, shelf-stable food once a month for the period of a year to qualified at-risk seniors.

For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com. For additional information on the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank please visit www.brfoodbank.org.

About Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales.  Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people.  In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row.  Darden’s restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with Darden.  Darden brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want.  For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

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 – Red Lobster, 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 66 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.

March 17, 2014  – 2014 Feinstein Challenge

For the 17th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among non-profit hunger fighting agencies nationwide using it as a spur to help them raise funds this March and April.

The more donations made to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank – from March 1st to April 30th– the more of the Feinstein challenge money the Food Bank will get. Local churches, schools and businesses are especially encouraged to participate. In years past, participating organizations have increased their donations by two or three times the usual returns this time of the year by taking advantage of the opportunity offered by the Feinstein Challenge.

Only donations or pledges received from March 1st to April 30th and specified towards the Feinstein initiative will apply to the challenge.  Donations can include cash, checks and food items (valued at $1.00 per item or pound) or pledges.

The million dollars from the Feinstein Challenge will be divided proportionately among all participating agencies.

Feinstein’s past annual spring $1 million challenges to fight hunger raised over $2 billion for over 1,800 agencies and houses of worship nationwide helping the needy. Donation toward this campaign allows donors to  take on a partnership role in the most successful ongoing grassroots effort to fight hunger.

A full report of the results of this 2014 Challenge will be posted on the Feinstein Challenge website in July.


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