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At Panera Bread®, we believe in giving back to local communities. We show our appreciation for customers not only within our bakery-cafes but also throughout the communities we serve by sponsoring special events open to the neighborhood, participating in charitable events and offering various Operation Dough-Nation® programs.

Community Sections


Community Bread Box

With the generous help of our customers, we have been collecting funds in all of our Panera Bread locations through our Share the Bread community breadboxes. We are matching all funds collected and will be putting the money towards a 4,000 square foot addition to the Children's Cancer Center.

Day-End Dough-Nation

Another component of the Operation Dough-Nation® program is our commitment to giving back to those who are hungry in our community. At the end of each day, all unsold bread and bakery products are donated to local food banks and pantries. In 2011, Panera Bread/Covelli Enterprises donated $13 million to charity and hunger relief organizations.

Donations/Community Events

Panera Bread values corporate citizenship and regularly makes in-kind donations to community events and non-profit fundraisers.

Sunday, September 4, 2011: MDA Erie—Check presentation on WJET-TV

Saturday, September 17, 2011: JDRF Pittsburgh Walk.
Flagstaff Hill check-in 8:30am; Westmoreland check-in 8:30am
The Panera Bread and JDRF kids walk program was developed in 2010 to educate schools on JDRF and Diabetes while influencing them on the importance of healthy eating and exercise. The first-year pgrogram included participation from 21 local schools and raised over $60,000 for JDRF. Panera Bread was named the Corporate Sponsor of the Year at the JDRF Annual Meeting on June 8.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011: Pittsburgh Go Pink Kickoff Day
Panera Bread and the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Panera Bread's signature Pink Ribbon Bagel. On October 4, 100 percent of all Pink Ribbon Bagel proceeds will be donated to the YWBCAF's Patient Navigator Program through Magee Women's Hospital. Throughout the rest of October, portions of Pink Ribbon Bagel Sales will also be donated to the Foundation.