A new law that releases restaurants from liability when donating leftover food is helping feed the hungry in Meridian.
LOVE's Kitchen said Olive Garden and Red Lobster donate twice a week to the organization.
LOVE's Kitchen's director of operations says their participation helps stretch the budget to take care of more people.
"The summer time is lower for donations, especially monetary donations. And we've got an increased number of children that come in," said Fannie Johnson. "We've got more people getting laid off. We've got more transient people . So our numbers are fluctuating day to day. Some days we don't know if we're going to feed 200 or 300. So quick things from them that we can re-heat and serve quickly are a big help."
Johnson said the donated food is both good and filling. She thanked all businesses who partner with LOVE's Kitchen to take care of the community's needs.
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