Texas Roadhouse donation to help youths transition to adulthood

Texas Roadhouse’s purchasing department has again devoted its resources, time and considerable talent for finding quality kitchen supplies to help young people who’ve aged out of foster care. On March 20, the Louisville-based restaurant corporation contributed enough supplies to completely outfit six kitchens on behalf of VentureON, Sunrise Children’s Services’ program designed to help youths ages 18 to 21 transition from foster care into adulthood.

This is the second year that Texas Roadhouse has donated to Sunrise in this manner. In that time, the company’s generosity has helped dozens of young people get off to a good start on a productive life.

“I can’t imagine being 18 years old, with no parents and no home, and suddenly having to figure out how to be an adult,” said Melissa Price, director of purchasing for Texas Roadhouse. “That’s why our partnership with Sunrise means so much to us.”

Members of the purchasing department scan retail websites such as Sears, J.C. Penney and Walmart for the best supplies at the best value. One staff member focuses on kitchen tools and utensils, while others shop for kitchen and bath towels and wash cloths. Other supplies include full sets of plastic ware, coffee and shampoo.

“We work to equip a complete kitchen,” Price said, noting that outfitting an apartment can be a costly proposition for young people these days.

The company’s generosity also extends to other segments of the population. Texas Roadhouse purchasing also provides box lunches for more than 50 homeless individuals in the Louisville area each month.


Written by Chris Jones, Associate Director of Communications.

Jake Pelfrey