boy reading a book

Feeding Hungry Minds

Today, Family-to-Family gives kids, adults, families, and classrooms many ways to get the excitement of the written word into the hands of others.

Sisters at a lemonade stand

Spread a Little Sunshine

A study conducted at the University of Virginia found that merely witnessing acts of kindness stirred a significant mood boost and increased the desire to perform good deeds. Here are some ways you can help spread joy to others.

Crystal Shensky, assistant manager of the Panera Bread bakery-cafe in Carlisle, PA

I’m The Face Of Hunger: Crystal’s Story

At the counter stood a young woman whose credit card wasn’t working and who didn’t have any cash, and her lunch order was about to be canceled. “Instead I quietly paid for it myself,” Crystal says. “I told her, ‘Merry Christmas—pay it forward when you can.’"

large family having Breakfast

Bond over Breakfast

Can’t get everyone around the dinner table at once? Come together at breakfast instead—here’s how.

A Mission of Bread and Hope

A Mission of Bread and Hope

Each Sunday morning, Paul Menzel steers his 1993 blue Plymouth Voyager van as close as he can to a dozen homeless tent communities in Des Moines, Iowa on a mission of bread and hope.

Women in Cancer Support Group

A Surprising Cancer Support Group

This is no ordinary makeover session. The women are all undergoing treatment for cancer, and the workshop, called Look Good Feel Better.

Closed Doors, Open Hearts

Closed Doors, Open Hearts

Panera Bread associates take pride in their service to customers while on the job. And for many, service continues beyond the bakery-cafe doors.

September Is Hunger Action Month

September Is Hunger Action Month™

All month long, Panera Bread® is encouraging action to address the pervasive problem of hunger in the United States.

The Power of a Backpack

The Power of a Backpack

Every second Friday of the month for nearly two years, five Panera bakery-cafes in Springfield, one in Branson, and one in Joplin donate a portion of the sales from select products to the Weekend Backpack Program. The stores also host special events to raise money.