POSTED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 7:22am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Having to work on a day most people are relaxing can make for a long afternoon. One restaurant helped local first responders feel better about their long hours.
The Olive Garden delivered free, hot lunches to state police, fire fighters and emergency room workers today. It's all part of the restaurant's efforts to give back to the community it serves each day.
“Overwhelmed,” Frank Sanford, Assistant Fire Chief of the Saint George Fire Department, said when asked about his thoughts on the food. “Really overwhelmed that these people come out and remember what we do and what these men go through."
This is the 12th year Olive Garden has delivered lunch on Labor Day. It's something General Manager Jeremy McKnight says makes a big difference in his team.
"It's very important to be good members of the community and making sure that everybody's taken care of, especially those who take care of us in times of need."
Over 800 Olive Garden restaurants nationwide participated in today's lunch delivery.