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Olive Garden in Bristol, VA helping others during the holidays

(PHOTO: T. Davis / WCYB)

Restaurants in our region are preparing and donating food to help families this holiday season.

Darden Restaurants which include Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouses provide wholesome surplus food to local area food banks.

"It's a really big source of pride for us you know, I know the team really appreciates the fact that we can contribute to the community and that we can provide a little bit of help that can hopefully go a long way for people," said Ben Randolph, culinary manager of Olive Garden in Bristol, Virginia.

David Millsap with Feeding America also adds the food is greatly needed and everything that they receive in Southwest Virginia is actually distributed back to those individuals in need in that area.

The Bristol restaurant has donated more than 43,000 pounds to the Feeding America organization.

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