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Local Panera Bread contributes dough to food bank : Donation provides meals to hungry


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Mountain View City Councilman Mike Kasperzak and Mayor John Inks, front left, join Panera Bread’s Jeff Burrill (holding scissors) Aug. 9 for the opening of the cafe and donation of 2,000 meals to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Panera Bread franchisee Pangenera LLC recently presented a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties that will provide more than 2,000 meals to people struggling with hunger.

Mountain View Mayor John Inks and Councilman Mike Kasperzak were among those who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and check presentation Aug. 9 for Pangenera’s new Panera Bread bakery-cafe opening at 1035-A El Monte Ave. in Mountain View.

At the grand-opening promotion in June, the bakery-cafe pledged $1 to the Second Harvest Food Bank for every customer who joins Panera’s loyalty program.

“We’re thrilled to serve our guests at this new location and proud to support local hunger relief efforts with the help of Second Harvest Food Bank and our customers,” said Jeff Burrill, Panera Bread franchisee. “We’ve received such a positive response from the community since opening our doors, and we look forward to bringing them more opportunities to ‘Live Consciously and Eat Deliciously.’”

Panera also donates unsold bread and baked goods to hunger relief organizations through its Day-End Dough-Nation program.

Eleven Bay Area Panera Bread bakery-cafes have teamed with Second Harvest Food Bank, directing their Community Breadbox cash donations to the cause. The Community Breadbox program ensures that the donations benefit the community. Collection containers at Panera locations provide food and basic necessities for those in need. Cash donations made by customers at the participating cafes are delivered to the Food Bank monthly.

For more information, call 968-2066 or visit panerabread.com.

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