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#DardenDigest: Girl Power

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Recently I had the honor of joining more than 3,000 industry colleagues, including about 50 co-workers from Darden, at the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) Annual Leadership Development Conference in Dallas. WFF is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, marking a quarter century of empowering, developing and advancing female leaders in the foodservice industry. The annual conference celebrates the accomplishments of women in our industry and provides numerous resources for our own professional development. 

#DardenDigest: Walking to Work, One Employee’s Journey

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From the food we purchase, to the way we operate our restaurants, to the team members who serve on our Sustainability Teams, sustainable practices are an important part of Darden’s culture. Our employees embody this culture as they, too, look for ways to embrace conservation, reduce waste and walk the walk of sustainability. In fact, that’s exactly how Sustainability Team member Jan Tarnowski gets to work: she walks. In celebration of Earth Month, throughout April we’ll shine the spotlight on Sustainability Team members across our organization.

#DardenDigest: Carpet Made From Carpet

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Have you ever noticed those carpet tiles at a restaurant or at your office? Over the last few years, Darden has been using this emerging product innovation to reduce waste and increase the use of recycled materials.  Since we serve over one million meals a day, there are a lot of feet on our floors. This means we have to replace the carpet in our restaurants every three to five years. Carpet may seem like a small detail to many, but we view it as a huge opportunity in our quest toward sending zero waste to landfills.

#DardenDigest: 10 Ways to Make Every Day World Water Day

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It’s fairly simple to save water. But it does require each of us to think differently about this vital resource. According to the United Nations, 768 million people around the globe lack access to improved water sources. Water.org shares that an American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.

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#DardenDigest: Can a Restaurant Company Eliminate Food Waste?

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Darden has an ambitious goal of one day sending zero waste to landfills. From cooking oils to cardboard to other materials, we are striving to find solutions to divert various waste streams coming from our restaurants away from landfills through recycling efforts. As a restaurant company, we have a unique challenge with food waste and are always exploring ways to reduce or recycle it.

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#DardenDigest: Raising a Family and a Career

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March is Women’s History Month, an annual celebration of the contributions of women to history and society. At Darden, we love to celebrate all the unique people who make our company what it is today. Today we feature Jenny Hanson, who has been with Darden for more than 15 years.

#DardenDigest: Planting the Seeds of Communities

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In the midst of one of the coldest winters on record, spring time is coming soon! That’s why we are excited to celebrate Plant a Flower Day. The day is meant to encourage everyone to get outside and to help beautify our surroundings. One great way to participate is to start or get involved in a local community garden.

#DardenDigest: How to Make a Difference in more than 1,000 Communities

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Darden is proud to announce another year of our Restaurant Community Grants Program, a partnership between the Darden Foundation and our restaurants to support local nonprofits in the communities we serve.

#DardenDigest: Getting Back on my Feet and in my Running Shoes

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Last July I was driving home, and a drunk driver going 80 miles per hour crossed over the median in the road and hit my car in a head-on collision. My foot got caught between my brake and clutch pedals, resulting in 100 stitches and various rods needing to be placed in my foot. I was an avid runner before this accident, and now, doctors didn’t know if I’d even be able to walk for at least three months. They thought it would be about six months before I could even walk well.

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#DardenDigest: Making Campus Connections

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One of the benefits of working in the restaurant industry is the ability to work a flexible schedule that allows for other activities, such as going to school. We are always looking for students who want to pursue careers in the hospitality industry and hope that they’ll jump start their career journeys with Darden and continue to grow with us. One of the ways we look for the next generation of restaurant leaders is to recruit students from hospitality programs.

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