ST.CHARLES—The St. Charles Olive Garden Restaurant, through its parent company Darden Restaurants, recently awarded Lazarus House a $1,000 grant to help finance food service at its downtown emergency shelter.
“We were able to purchase commercial grade food warming equipment with this grant,” Lazarus House Executive Director Liz Eakins said. “We served an estimated 66,000 meals last fiscal year, and it is very comforting to have more reliable equipment to keep food at a safe temperature.
“We are grateful to Darden Restaurants for this gift, which also helped pay for some other food service costs, and for their donations of food over the years and their gift of volunteer service. The gifts from our community continue to pour out and bless our work.”