PR Management Corp., New England’s largest Panera Bread franchisee, donated a total of $275,000 to five New England food banks as part of their Feeding America initiative. PR Management’s Co-founders, Mitchell Roberts and David Peterman, recently presented checks to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank, New Hampshire Food Bank, Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, and Western Massachusetts Food Bank.
“Our company’s mission has always been to give back to our local communities and we see helping to relieve hunger across New England as part of that goal,” said David Peterman, Co-founder of PR Management Corp. “We hope these donations will help our New England food bank partners and Feeding America continue their tremendous work to alleviate hunger across the region and the country.”
Mitchell Roberts and David Peterman are partners in PR Management Corp. which operates 64 franchise Panera Bread locations in New Hampshire (Bedford, Concord, Derry, Dover, Keene, Manchester, Plaistow, Portsmouth, West Lebanon, and Seabrook), Massachusetts (Beverly, Boston, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Chicopee, Dorchester, East Longmeadow, Framingham, Hadley, Hingham, Leominster, Lexington, Lynnfield, Marlborough, Mashpee, Milford, Millbury, Nashua, Natick, Newton, Newburyport, North Andover, North Nashua, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Raynham, Shrewsbury, Swampscott, Walpole, Waltham, Wayland, Webster, Westborough, Westford, West Springfield, Westwood, Wilmington, Woburn, and Worcester) and Maine (Auburn, Augusta, Biddeford, South Portland, Topsham and Westbrook).
30 years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. They believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in everyone. That is food as it should be and that is why they exist.
So, they began with a simple commitment: to bake fresh bread every day in their bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.
These traditions carry on today, as Panera has continued to find ways to be an ally to their guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that they are proud to feed their families. Like poultry and pork raised without antibiotics on their salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And commitment to removing artificial additives (flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colors from artificial sources) from the food in their bakery-cafes. Why? Because simpler is better and they believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don’t have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating.
They’ve also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, they now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid Pick-Up for to-go orders – all designed to make things easier for guests. As of December 27, 2016, there were 2,036 bakery-cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. or Paradise Bakery & Cafe names. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find them on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) or Instagram (@panerabread).