At the end of the evening, each Panera Bread bakery-café donates their unsold bread and baked goods to help feed those in need across the Day-End Dough-Nation program. Rather than relegating unsold breads, bagels, muffins and pastries to a dumpster, employees pack them for local nonprofits.
The bakery-café chain partners with pantries, shelters for the homeless, services for low-income seniors, homes for the disabled, shelters for domestic violence, programs for at-risk youth, immigrant / refugee assistance services and many others under this program. In an average year, Panera Cafes serve more than 3,500 local nonprofits as part of the program and each evening, unsold bread and baked goods help nonprofit partners feed neighbors. in need.
Once a local soup kitchen, for example, is approved to receive Dough-Nation Day-End baked goods, it sends a volunteer to Panera after closing time for a weekly pickup. The next day, the soup kitchen will serve the donated bread and pastries alongside the meals it offers to its customers in need. Some large food distribution agencies collect donations every night. Most groups, however, only participate once or twice a week.
By 2021, Panera Bread Coffee Bakeries will donate approximately $ 100 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods to people in need across the country as part of the Day-End Dough-Nation program.
“Some other companies can sell their products overnight at a reduced price. We don’t, ”said Udo Freyhofer, manager of Pensacola, Florida. “I feel great to have fresh items available for our customers while helping those in need in our community. “