Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen partners with Asheville Poverty Initiative

Photo courtesy of Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

Press release from Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen:

According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans is hungry or at risk of hunger. That’s just one of the reasons why Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has kicked off a donation program to fight hunger in our local community by joining forces with Asheville Poverty Initiative. The restaurant in Asheville now donates wholesome, surplus food to the nonprofit on a weekly basis as part of its new Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Harvest program.

“Hunger is a community issue, and at Cheddar’s, we’re in a strong position to make an impact in our local community,” Jamie Smith, Managing Partner of the location in Asheville. “Our scratch cooking philosophy means that we always have fresh ingredients on-hand, and can donate excess, when available. Our team takes tremendous pride in helping our neighbors in need through our partnership with Asheville Poverty Initiative.”

Each week, the restaurant donates wholesome, surplus food directly from its in-house scratch kitchen. Donated items are a combination of fresh ingredients, such as vegetables and proteins, and hand-crafted dishes, such as soups, sauces, casseroles and pasta.

All of Darden Restaurants’ 1,700 restaurants nationwide participate in the Harvest food donation program. Together, the family of brands have donated more than 100 million pounds of food – or 83.3 million meals – to nonprofits nationwide. As of this spring, the program has been implemented in more than 150 Cheddar’s kitchens nationwide.

But the support goes beyond food donations. Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, is donating $157,000 on behalf of Cheddar’s restaurants nationwide. The money will benefit 83 food banks.

At Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, guests enjoy made-from-scratch meals at affordable prices. The restaurant has been serving iconic menu items since 1979 and currently more than 150 restaurants in 28 states. Nationwide, Cheddar’s employs more than 23,000 friendly and passionate team members. For more information, visit

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