PANERA BREAD TO NEW HOPE FOR KIDS
New Hope For Kids has received a $10,000 donation from Panera Bread. Local Panera Bread stores are encouraged to participate in "Operation Dough-Nation." The program ensures that purchases made in Panera Bread feed back into the community.
Cash donations made in the bakery-cafes are matched with freshly baked bread or cash given to local non-profit organizations. According to Dave Joswick, Director of New Hope for Kids, "We are overwhelmed by the generosity shown by Annette and Gavin Ford, owners of Panera Bread in Central Florida. They have supported our mission for a number of years. Annette is a board member and has promoted the New Hope for Kids programs in the community. A couple of examples of Panera's support is being a Celebrity Mascot Games sponsor, granting wishes to children with a life shortening illness and placing gift trees annually in all Panera stores at Christmas time. Panera is a wonderful asset to the community."
The Center for Grieving Children-providing grief support to children grieving the loss of a loved one and Children's Wish-granting wishes to children suffering from life threatening illness.