Local Panera Bread cafes help feed children in need

Local Panera Bread cafes help feed children in need

March 27, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Panera Bread will donate $1–$2 per five select menu items purchased on Friday, Mar. 30 as part of its initiative to support Ozarks Food Harvest’s Weekend Backpack Program. Cafes in Springfield, Branson and Joplin will participate in donating the proceeds.
Panera Bread will make a donation when the following items are ordered on Mar. 30:

  • Whole Cuban Chicken Panini ($2)
  • Cuban Chicken Panini in a You Pick Two® ($1)
  •  Whole Roast Turkey Fuji Apple Salad ($2)
  • Roast Turkey Fuji Apple Salad in a You Pick Two® ($1)
  • Cinnamon Roll ($1)

The funding will go to The Food Bank’s Backpack Program which provides nearly 1,000 at‐risk children a backpack full of nutritious child‐friendly foods for them to take home on the weekends, when they might otherwise go hungry.

Local Panera Bread cafes launched the partnership in February and donated nearly $300 to Ozarks Food Harvest’s Weekend Backpack Programs in Springfield, Branson and Joplin after its first one‐day promotion.

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About Ozarks Food Harvest—The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 250 hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 12 million pounds of food annually to 170,000 unduplicated individuals. OFH was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and its facility, the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief, recently received a Superior AIB International Food Safety Rating. Learn more at, or

About Panera Bread
Panera Bread locations in Springfield, Branson and Joplin, Missouri, are part of a locally‐owned franchise of 31 bakery‐cafes in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh‐baked, artisan bread, the company is committed to providing great‐tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of the bakery‐cafes have a menu highlighted by antibiotic‐free chicken, whole grain bread, and select organic and all natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Panera Bread Company routinely donates bread, baked goods and funds to community organizations. For more information, go to