Panera Bread Partners with MISSION UNITED to Honor Active Military Personnel and Veterans

October 31, 2013

Panera Bread is partnering with MISSION UNITED to honor active military personnel and veterans through two different promotions taking place from now until the end of 2013.  

Panera Bread has named MISSION UNITED the recipient of their local Dough-Nation Program from November 1st through December 31, 2013.  The nationwide program utilizes Community Bread Boxes located near the registers to collect cash donations for local causes.  All cash donations collected in the boxes of 12 participating Broward County Panera Bread locations will be donated to MISSION UNITED.  MISSION UNITED is a United Way of Broward County community based initiative , in partnership with American Red Cross, convening and aligning public and private resources in Broward County to support U.S. military service members, veterans and their family by helping them re-acclimate to civilian life.

Additionally, on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11th, all Military Personnel and Veterans can receive a free You-Pick-Two (Panera’s combo meal including a cup of soup, half sandwich or half salad) at all Palm Beach County and participating Broward County Panera Bread café locations by wearing his or her uniform or by showing Military I.D.  MISSION UNITED will have staff on hand at all participating Broward County locations to distribute information about the services the non-profit organization provides to military service members, veterans and their families in Broward County.

“We continually work to show our customers and our community members that we appreciate them- especially to those who have made sacrifices for our country,” said Sam Covelli, Owner and Operator of Covelli Enterprises/Panera Bread. “We hope this token of generosity will let these men and women know how thankful we are for their service.”

“We are so thankful to Panera Bread for recognizing our military service members and veterans on Veteran’s Day and throughout the holiday season,” added Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO of United Way of Broward County.  “It is so wonderful that Panera continuously helps so many groups and people with all of its philanthropic programs throughout the year.”

Covelli Enterprises continues to believe that community involvement is the backbone of their business. In 2012, Covelli Enterprises/Panera Bread donated over $17 million dollars to charity through Operation Dough-nation, Day-End Dough-Nation, community fundraisers and community events.  

About Covelli Enterprises and Panera Bread
Covelli Enterprises operates more than 240 bakery-cafés in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Ontario, Canada. Covelli Enterprises is the nation's largest franchisee of Panera, LLC.  

Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,591 bakery-cafes as of June 26, 2012, under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of our bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by antibiotic-free chicken, whole grain bread, and select organic and all-natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Our menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, our customers enjoy our warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor, and free Internet access. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on our website, http://www.panerabread.com.

About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.

About MISSION UNITED
MISSION UNITED is a new critical program supporting US military service members, veterans and their
families in Broward County by helping them re-acclimate to civilian life.  Key focus areas include employment, education, health, legal assistance, emergency financial aid, and housing.   United Way of Broward County created MISSION UNITED and partnered with American Red Cross to align existing military services and create programs where there are gaps in support.  For more information on MISSION UNITED, please call 954-4-UNITED or visit www.MissionUnited.org.
 

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