Panera Bread's Pre-Opening Fundraiser may 24 Benefits Regional Food Bank

Enjoy Delicious food While Helping Fight Hunger in Oklahoma

(Oklahoma City) – May 19, 2016 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is once again teaming up with Panera Bread to fight hunger in Oklahoma.  On May 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., proceeds from the pre-opening fundraiser of the Panera’s newest location, located at 4225 W. Memorial Road in Oklahoma City, will benefit the Regional Food Bank.  To participate in the preopening, guests must present the online invitation, which can be found at regionalfoodbank.org/Panera.

“We’re inviting you to take a first look at Panera’s bakery—café and drive thru, as well as try delicious soups and salads, before the store is officially open,” said Aubrey Iasiello, market relations manager at Panera Bread.  “Additionally, 100 percent of the sales benefit the Regional Food Bank.”

The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are the working poor, seniors living on a fixed income, and children living in poverty.  The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed 116,000 Oklahomans every week, 37 percent of which are children.

“Oklahoma is consistently one of the hungriest states in the nation,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Every dollar raised will provide five meals for our neighbors struggling with hunger in central and western Oklahoma.”

Over the last six years, Panera Bread has raised more than $85,000 to fight hunger in central and western Oklahoma.  This has provided more than 434,000 meals for Oklahomans struggling with hunger.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 49.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,250 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Together, we can solve hunger.  To learn more about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.600.3136. 

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private domestic hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,250 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 600 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

About Panera Bread

Panera Bread locations in the Oklahoma City Metro Area are a part of a locally owned franchise who owns 31 bakery-cafes in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. With its identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, the company is committed to providing great-tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of the 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. Panera Bread Company routinely donates bread, baked goods and funds to community organizations. For more information, go to panerabread.com.

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