Operation Dough-Nation accepts cash donations from customers throughout the year at collection boxes in all bakery-cafes. Customer donations then receive a percentage match from Panera Bread®.
Panera Bread has also made generous in-kind donations throughout its partnership with YNHH in support of various programs and events such as the Closer to Free Bike Ride in September, 2011. In addition, the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital is the recipient of proceeds from the sale of Panera’s Pink Ribbon Bagels™ during Breast Cancer Awareness month each October.
Tom Kelleher, Panera Bread Joint Venture Partner for the Western CT area says, “We pride ourselves on being a true neighborhood bakery-café – one that partners with the communities we serve. Through relationships such as this, we are able to truly make a difference.” The Western CT Panera Bakery-cafes are located in Meriden, North Haven, Hamden, Milford, Shelton, Waterbury, Newtown, Brookfield, Darien, Norwalk and Torrington.
Partnership with Panera
Breast Center employees from Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and breast cancer survivors joined Panera Bread staff in their North Haven cafe to bake Pink Ribbon Bagels for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Panera Bread provided complimentary bagels for Yale-New Haven Hospital patients, families and staff.