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Panera Bread Donates $12,600 to Bloom’s Program for Foster Children

04 April 2016

Bloom Our Youth was recently presented with a $12,600 donation from Panera Bread as part of their Operation Dough-Nation program, a company outreach program that promotes community involvement and charitable giving by local Panera bakery-cafes. Panera Bread doubled their donation from the previous year by expanding their Community Bread Box locations to include 11 metro-Atlanta area cafes. Panera Bread Owner/Operator Larry Underwood, Larissa Rutzler, and Trent Allen presented the donation check to Normer Adams, Vice President, Bloom Board of Directors, at the Bloom Ball gala on March 12, 2016.

“We are overwhelmed by the tremendous fundraising efforts put forth by Panera Bread,” said Becky Davenport, Executive Director of Bloom. “Not only has Panera Bread provided us with a unique way to spread awareness of our cause throughout metro Atlanta, but they have contributed much-needed funds which have allowed us to increase the impact of our programs in Georgia. In the past year, Bloom has provided for 1,200 foster children from 60 Georgia counties.”

Bloom has been Panera Bread’s charity recipient of the Community Bread Box cash collection donations since 2014. Throughout 2015, Panera Bread gave their customers at 11 cafes in the metro-Atlanta area the opportunity to donate money at the register to assist Bloom’s mission of providing shelter and support for foster children in Georgia. In addition, Panera Bread in Fayetteville donates 288 meals per year to the foster children living at Bloom’s Friday-Johnson children’s home in Brooks, Georgia.

“We are thrilled to have met our donation goal this year, yet I’m not surprised because of what Bloom represents to our community,” comments Larry Underwood, Operating Partner/Owner at Panera Bread. “Our customers appreciate the efforts put forth from local businesses to support worthwhile causes. Bloom has been our most successful partner to date as it relates to our Operation Dough-Nation efforts and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

Operation Dough-Nation was founded in 1992 to formalize Panera’s commitment to community involvement. Collectively, Panera Bread bakery-cafes have donated more than $100 million worth of retail bread and baked goods in 2012 as a part of the initiative.

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