Philabundance Gratefully Accepts Panera Bread’s Pledge to Fight Hunger in the Delaware Valley
Philadelphia, Pa- March 14, 2013-Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization is happy to announce a new community partnership with Panera Bread. Panera recently introduced their “Live Consciously. Eat Deliciously” campaign, a campaign to raise the level of awareness about hunger in this country, while also being a catalyst for change in the communities that they serve.
Through this newly formed partnership, Philabundance will benefit from special programs in local Panera Bread Bakery Cafes such as Community Breadbox, Day-End Dough-Nation and support for Philabundance programs.
Community Breadbox- Through the Community Breadbox program, Panera enables their customers to contribute to the well-being of their communities. Funds collected in Philadelphia-area Panera Bread Locations will be distributed to Philabundance and used to provide food for those in need. Philabundance can provide two meals for every dollar donated.
Day-End Dough-Nation- At the end of each day, Panera Bread Bakery Cafes donate all unsold bread and baked goods to local hunger relief organizations like food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens, many of which are part of the Philabundance network. Collectively, Panera bakery-cafes donated a retail value of approximately $100 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods in 2012,to help neighbors in need.
Participation in Special Programs- Panera Bread is dedicated to their relationship with Philabundance and will participate in programs throughout the year that benefit their hunger relief efforts. Panera Bread and Philabundance will collaborate to create unique opportunities for community participation through volunteering and fundraising.
“Philabundance is thrilled to be working with Panera Bread Cafés in the region,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “Since the beginning of the year, Panera has proven to be a true warrior in the fight against hunger and we need support like this to end hunger in the Delaware Valley.”
“Panera Bread is committed to supporting the communities that we serve. We look forward to creating the dialogue around food insecurity, educating our communities and being the leaders in the movement to fixing a broken food chain. We couldn’t be more pleased to tackle these issues with Philabundance, the leader in our area for fighting hunger,” said Theresa Rivello, Regional Marketing Director of Panera Bread.
There are more than 20 participating Panera Bread Bakery Café locations. Click here for the full list of participating Panera Bread Cafes, www.philabundance.org/panerabread for more information or call 215-339-0900.
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services through neighborhood distribution programs and a network of close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties. Philabundance serves approximately 65,000 people per week at a cost of 50 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. Visit us on Facebook, Facebook.com/Philabundance and follow us on Twitter, Twitter.com/Philabundance. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call Philabundance’s Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663).
About Panera Bread
Delaware Valley Panera Bread Bakery Cafes are owned and operated by American Bread Company, LLC, a franchisee of Panera Bread Company. Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,625 bakery-cafes as of September 25, 2012, under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of our 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. Our menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, our customers enjoy our warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor, and free Internet access. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on our website, http://www.panerabread.com.