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May 2, 2014

Panera Bread’s Second Friday Fundraiser supports Regional Food Bank

EDMOND — Panera Bread’s Second Friday Fundraiser supports Regional Food Bank

On May 9, Panera Bread is once again partnering with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Through Panera Bread’s monthly fundraiser, 2nd Friday, Panera will make a donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program. Since 2012, Panera Bread has raised more than $30,200 through promotions, which sponsored 151 children in the Food for Kids Backpack program.

By enjoying the following items, guests can help increase the number of children helped through the Food for Kids program:

• Any new Flatbread Sandwich equals a $1 donation;

• New Peanut Butter Banana Power Smoothie equals $1 donation; and

• New White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie equals 50-cent donation.

One in four children struggles with hunger every day in Oklahoma. The Food for Kids program fights childhood hunger by providing food to chronically hungry children in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Backpack Program served more than 15,000 chronically hungry elementary school students attending 477 schools in the Regional Food Bank’s 53-county service area. The Backpack Program added nearly 2,000 children into the program this year.

To learn more about the backpack program and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.

Panera Bread locations in the Oklahoma City metro area are a part of a locally owned franchise that owns 31 bakery-cafes in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Panera Bread Company routinely donates bread, baked goods and funds to community organizations. For more information, go to

panerabread.com.

 

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