Panera Bread shares the warmth with the Food Bank

Fueled by the generous contributions of its customers, Contra Costa and Solano counties area Panera Bread® bakery-cafes in Antioch, Concord and Vacaville are donating a total of $8120.35 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nationâ recipient, contributed in 2009.  The funds will be used to further Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano mission of helping the needy in the Contra Costa and Solano neighborhoods.

For the past 17 years, Panera and its franchisees have helped dozens of charitable organizations through Operation Dough-Nation, a program that allows Panera Bread and its customers to make a positive impact in the community in several ways.  For example, a portion of all customer donations made in Community Breadbox™ containers near the registers are matched with cash by participating Panera Bread locations for distribution to local charities, such as Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.  And at the end of the day, local cafes also donate unsold bread and baked goods to local hunger relief agencies through the company’s Day-End Dough-Nation™ program.

“We are proud to share ‘Panera Warmth’ with members of our local community throughout the year,” said Todd McDermott, Joint Venture Partner “Bread is an important part of our culture – it brings people together – and Panera is dedicated to giving back to the people who have welcomed us into their neighborhoods and invited us to share in their lives.”

clockwise from the lower left: Adis Bajramovic, Brandy Earnest, Todd McDermott, Lisa Sherrill, Mark Stuart, Emily Diefenbach, Brian Jackson, David Warehime.

Nationwide, Panera Bread and its franchisees have helped numerous non-profit organizations through Operation Dough-Nation. Thanks to the generosity of its customers, Panera Bread and its franchisees will donate more than $1 million to dozens of charities raised in 2009. Over the years, contributions have helped organizations including local food banks and pantries, Meals on Wheels, Make a Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and many others. Panera Bread bakery-cafes collectively donated over $50 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods in 2009 to help people in need.

For more information on how to support local Operation Dough-Nation programs, visit your neighborhood Panera Bread bakery-cafe.  To find the closest location, visit

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