SOURCE: Panera Bread

Panera Bread

February 09, 2012 10:36 ET

Panera Bread® Announces Donation to Children's Hospital Boston

Panera's Operation Dough-Nation® Program Relies on Community Support Across the Boston Area to Make Donation to Children's Hospital Boston Possible

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Feb 9, 2012) - Today, Panera Bread announced a donation of $166,613.79 for the calendar year of 2011 to Children's Hospital Boston. The money was raised through Panera's "Operation Dough-Nation" program. The donation will further Children's Hospital Boston's mission to provide life-saving medical care to children of all ages from around the world.

Panera Bread was able to make this donation due to the support of Boston-area residents, and through Operation Dough-Nation initiatives such as the Easter Egg Cookie promotion, the Lemon-Aid for Kids campaign as well as donations made at the cash register change box. Since 2009, Panera Bread and its franchisee partner Boston Bread have donated $187,723.78 to Children's Hospital Boston.

"The treatment and support that patients of Children's Hospital Boston receive is world-class," said Gregg Godfrey, Joint Venture Partner for Panera Bread. "Our customers and our employees are proud to be able to support this organization in their efforts. For those who have had a child in need of care, you know how fantastic the people at this hospital are and we are honored to help them to further their mission."

"Since 2009, Boston Bread has partnered with Children's Hospital Boston in their mission to improve the lives of children in need of the highest caliber medical care," said Mike Hamra, President and CEO of Boston Bread. "Children's Hospital Boston is routinely ranked at the top of all pediatric healthcare facilities. We are incredibly grateful to our customers for their continued support of such a tremendous organization."

To make a contribution to Children's Hospital of Boston, visit any Boston-area Panera Bread and look for a Community Breadbox™ at the register. Additional information is available on the company's website, http://www.panerabread.com/about/community/.

About Panera Bread:
Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,541 bakery-cafes as of December 27, 2011 under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. Our bakery-cafes are principally located in suburban, strip mall, and regional mall locations. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of our 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. Our menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, our customers enjoy our warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor, and free internet access. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on our website, http://www.panerabread.com.

About Children's Hospital of Boston
Children's Hospital Boston, founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, has been ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past 21 years. Children's is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 395 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Children's houses the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. For more information about the hospital visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:

    Sarah Francomano
    Vice President
    Fleishman-Hillard, on behalf of Panera Bread
    Sarah.Francomano@Fleishman.com
    617-692-0515/781-799-1216