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In the Community

At Panera Bread®, we believe in giving back to our local communities. We have worked to help combat the problem of hunger for over 25 years, since we first began donating our unsold bread and baked goods to local organizations. Since then, our efforts fighting hunger have grown to include various charitable initiatives, donations and numerous other efforts.

Panera’s various programs are designed to:

  1. Feed people in need
  2. Raise the level of awareness about food insecurity in this country
  3. Provide a vehicle for people to help one another


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Day-End Dough-Nation™

At the end of each day, Panera Bread donates all unsold bread and baked goods to local area hunger relief agencies and charities as part of its local Day-End Dough-Nation program. Collectively, Panera bakery-cafes donated a retail value of approximately $100 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods in 2012 to help fight food insecurity in our communities.

To participate in the program, please submit a donation request.

Note: in order to participate, a receiving organization by must be a 501c or tax-exempt government or church organization. Donations are picked up weekly on an assigned night. All items are to be given to the ill, elderly, poor or infants/children.

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Panera Bread® Community Breadbox™

Through Panera’s relationship with Feeding America®, the nation’s leading anti-hunger organization, participating member food banks in more than 75 U.S. markets are able to provide the same soup served in Panera’s cafes to local food pantries and other organizations serving those in need. The program is supported by cash donations from Panera customers through the Panera Cares® Community Breadbox™ program in participating bakery-cafes. Half of the donations are used to help fund soup procurement and the other half is donated as cash to support Feeding America member food banks in their effort to provide quality, nutritious food.  A portion of cash donations made by customers in participating bakery-cafes may be matched by Panera or its franchisees.

If you would like to contribute to our efforts to assist local non-profit organizations in the communities we serve, please look for the Panera Cares Community Breadbox collection containers at participating Panera Bread or Saint Louis Bread Co.® locations.

In-Kind Donations

Panera Bread values corporate citizenship and we regularly make in-kind donations to local community events and fundraisers. To be considered for a donation, please submit a donation request.

Note: all requests must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to your event (but no more than 6 months in advance).

SCRIP Fundraising

Panera participates in the Scrip fundraising program, helping nonprofit organizations raise money. This popular fundraising program invites nonprofit organizations to pre-purchase $10 and $25 Panera Bread gift cards at a 9% discounted rate, and then sell the Panera Bread gift cards at full price. The Great Lakes Scrip Center (GLSC) handles all aspects of the Scrip fundraising program. To order gift cards, please visit For more information, please visit or call 1-800-727-4715.