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The following article was posted on September 11th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 27 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 27

Community Corner: Panera strives to feed 50,000 in September

BY TAMARA RAWSON

This month Panera and Feeding America are teaming up to provide 50,000 meals to local food banks by Sept. 30.

“One in six people in America is food insecure, which means that 50 million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Stephanie Wren, senior regional marketing manager for Panera.

Whenever a guest registers with the My Panera Loyalty Rewards program, Panera will donate $1 to Feeding America.

Wren said 74 Panera locations throughout Southern California are participating in the campaign. On average there are about 10,000 new rewards members each month. Panera is aiming for 15,000 new members, in hopes of raising $15,000 for the hungry.

“We didn’t want to cap it at an amount that we know we can do. We wanted to set our goals high and really push this and try to get awareness out there so we can donate a bigger amount,” Wren said.

Panera will also donate a bowl of soup to Feeding America every time #LiveConsciouslyProject or #PaneraAgainstHunger is shared on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

“Panera is a corporation with a purpose to 
live consciously and take social responsibility,” 
Wren said.

At a recent Santa Barbara gathering, Wren said she was grateful to be able to help educate elementary school children on healthy eating. Various fruits and vegetables were passed around to children present at a Panera-sponsored event. Wren said some of the children remarked that they had never seen a cucumber before. At the end of the event, the children were so enthusiastic about healthy eating that they began chanting “veggies, veggies, veggies!”

Community members can donate money at their local Panera drop box or donate cash to feedingamerica.org.

 

Intern Tamara Rawson wrote this week’s Community Corner. Send comments or ideas to the Sun via e-mail at intern@santamariasun.com.