March 01, 2013 at 06:15 AM EST
Darden Marks 10 Years of Harvest Food Program; Allstate Donates $10M to Fight Chicago Crime; General Mills and Haagen-Dazs Support Vanilla Farmers - CSR Minute for March 1, 2013

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This month, Darden Restaurants celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Harvest Program, a food rescue initiative that collects and donates unserved food and delivers it to hunger relief organizations and food banks. Darden Harvest has provided more than 62 million pounds of donated food to local organizations and food banks. The Harvest donations are safely saved, fully prepared menu items, from lasagna and vegetables to lobster. The program is the largest prepared-foods donation program that runs yearlong to benefit those in need.

Allstate is providing $5 million in funding over the next five years to reduce violent crime in Chicago. The effort also aims to improve the safety and vitality of neighborhoods throughout the city. The city’s new initiative with a private sector coalition builds on the work of the Community Anti-violence and Restoration Effort (CARE) and other city anti-violence initiatives to identify proven programs to prevent violence and expand them rapidly.

General Mills and Haagen-Dazs have teamed up in an initiative to help small vanilla famers in Madagascar to farm more sustainably. The ice cream company and the General Mills Foundation will invest $125,000 over the next two years to benefit villages in that country’s Sava region, home of the world’s highest quality vanilla. The effort will help ensure the availability of high quality vanilla for future generations, part of General Mills’ larger, sustainable sourcing program.

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