Panera Bread is once again supporting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program by donating a portion of sales from five menu items on Friday, March 30. Cafes in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Edmond, and Norman will participate in donating proceeds.
On March 30, Panera Bread will make a donation when the following items are ordered:
- Whole Cuban Chicken Panini ($2 from each will be donated)
- Cuban Chicken Panini in a You Pick Two® ($1 from each will be donated)
- Whole Roasted Turkey Fuji Apple Salad ($2 from each will be donated)
- Roasted Turkey Fuji Apple Salad in a You Pick Two® ($1 from each will be donated)
- Cinnamon Roll ($1 from each will be donated)
According to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, more than one-third, or 15,000, of the Regional Food Bank's emergency food recipients on a weekly basis are children. Going without food can cause behavioral and psychological effects such as depression, aggression, anxiety, and poor social skills in children. Food is the most essential school supply. Hungry children cannot learn.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma started the Food for Kids Backpack Program in January 2003 in response to hearing a firsthand account of an Oklahoma City elementary student who fainted on a Monday morning, while waiting in the school lunch line, due to lack of food over the weekend. The program provides chronically hungry children, identified by school personnel, with backpacks filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly food to eat on weekends and school holidays. To learn more about the backpack program and the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.
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