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Olive Garden honors hospital workers on Labor Day

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:09:25 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 02 2013 10:37:06 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Shortly before 11:00 a.m. Monday, workers at Olive Garden loaded down an SUV with some $500 worth of food to deliver to emergency room workers at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

Restaurant manager Jim Manley said they were dropping off four lasagnas, six pans of pasta, six salads, and seven dozen orders of bread sticks.

"You know it's a privilege to help the hospitals, especially because they're here with people getting sick or hurting themselves all weekend long so it's nice to do something special for them," said Manley.

Welcoming the food was Ken Luke, a team leader at Mercy Medical Center.

"This food is making a big difference. We've been pretty busy all weekend. It's a special treat to be able to receive meals when we've been working so hard to take care of patients, sometimes it's difficult for us to stop and even eat," said a thankful Luke.

The giving back is a long-standing tradition at Olive Garden restaurants across the nation.

This is the 12th consecutive year restaurants across America have been delivering Labor Day lunches to hospitals, police and fire departments.

A manager at the Chico Olive Garden said his restaurant delivered food to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.