The Edmond Sun

November 1, 2013

Panera Bread’s 2nd Friday pumpkin cookies benefit Food Bank

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Nov. 8, Panera Bread is inviting its guests to help provide meals for hungry children in Oklahoma, simply by enjoying a Pumpkin Cookie through Panera Bread’s 2nd Friday Promotion. This is Panera’s monthly fundraiser benefitting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program.

Panera Bread will make a donation to the programs when the following items are ordered:

• Pumpkin Cookie — 25 cents donation

• Pumpkin Latte (any size) — 50 cents donation

• Rigatoni San Marzano Pasta (any size) — $1 donation

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma started the Food for Kids Backpack Program in January 2003 in response to hearing a first-hand account of an Oklahoma City elementary student who fainted on a Monday morning, while waiting in the school lunch line, due to lack of food over the weekend. The program provides chronically hungry children, identified by school personnel, with backpacks filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly food to eat on weekends and school holidays. To learn more about the backpack program and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, visit

Panera Bread locations in the Oklahoma City Metro Area are a part of a locally owned franchise who owns 31 bakery-cafes in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. For more information, go to