Panera Bread announces its ‘Operation Dough-Nation’ partnership with Freestore Foodbank to lead the fight against hunger in Southwest Ohio. Through this partnership, Panera Bread will donate customers’ spare change collected from 15 area bakery-café cash boxes. Funds donated will help support Freestore Foodbank’s annual Power Pack Program within the Cincinnati Public Schools.
Power Packs – delivered to students in more than 80 area schools this school year – are helping bridge the gap for hungry children. The four-pound packages of fast and easy-to-prepare meals are discreetly distributed to provide healthy, nutritious food over the weekend throughout the entire school year.
Last year, the Freestore Foodbank distributed nearly 128,000 Power Packs to children in need, surpassing its reach in 2010 by 44,000 meals. Thousandsof children receive 10-12 nutritional and kid-friendly food items in packs for weekends and holiday breaks
Federal, state and local governments have not funded weekend food projects such as Power Pack. At a cost of nearly $4 per pack, Freestore Foodbank relies solely on donors, volunteers and partnerships such as ‘Operation Dough-Nation’ with Panera to make this program possible.
Click here to learn more about helping with Power Pack.
The Panerathon 5K to Fight Hunger event will help to drive hunger relief awareness throughout the Cincinnati community. This year’s Panerathon 5K is scheduled for September 23, 2012 at Deerfield Towne Center in Mason, Ohio. The race will raise awareness for Freestore Foodbank’s sister agency in the Butler / Warren County market – Shared Harvest. Click here to register!