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Panera Bread’s 2nd Friday

Pumpkin Cookies Benefit the Food Bank

October 31, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Friday, 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 .  2nd Friday is Panera’s monthly fundraiser benefitting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program. 

 Friday, Nov. 8, 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

According to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, more than half of the Regional Food Bank's emergency food recipients on a weekly basis are children. Going without food can cause behavioral and psychological effects such as depression, aggression, anxiety, and poor social skills in children. Food is the most essential school supply. Hungry children cannot learn.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma started the Food for Kids Backpack Program in January 2003 in response to hearing a firsthand 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 www.regionalfoodbank.org.

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. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, the company is committed to providing great-tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of the 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. Panera Bread Company routinely donates bread, baked goods and funds to community organizations. For more information, go to panerabread.com.

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