ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – Corporate restaurants often end their week with a surplus of unopened products. One Abilene restaurant is putting those products to good use by supplying those items to an Abilene food pantry.
Olive Garden is part of a harvest program that supplies food that has has been unopened and not served to guests to the Highland Church of Christ Food Pantry. Food pantry coordinator, Becky Almanza, says “80% of people that come here are homeless.” Which is why every bit of the food that is donated makes a difference.
“It’s such a blessing because we get it for free,” Almanza says. “Because we get it for free, we are able to utilize our budget funds other places.”
Abilene’s Olive Garden alone has donated more than 49 thousand pounds of food since 2004.
“We try to do our part,” Olive Garden General Manager David Dominguez says. “It may not be big throughout the world, but here locally we can actually do something that helps benefit our local community.”
Almanza says she gets donations from Olive Garden about once a week. She also gets donations from Chick-Fil-A.