Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Kissimmee launches donation program to ‘scratch out’ hunger

Chedder’s restaurant in Kissimmee now donates wholesome, surplus food to a nonprofit on a weekly basis.

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 Nazaret Casa de Dios, company officials said. The restaurant in Kissimmee now donates wholesome, surplus food to the nonprofit on a weekly basis as part of its new

Cheddar’s restaurant in Kissimmee now donates wholesome, surplus food to a nonprofit on a weekly basis.

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,” Joe Brooks, managing partner of the location in Kissimmee. “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 Nazaret Casa de Dios.”

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.

“We’re thankful to have Cheddar’s as a partner in hunger relief,” Jorge Moreno, pastor at Nazaret Casa de Dios. “The restaurant’s contributions will help our organization in bettering the community and providing wholesome meals to those in need.”

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 all 158 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 www.Cheddars.com.