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Panera’s Nine-Year Experiment In Feeding The Hungry Comes To A Close

February 7, 2019: 12:00 AM EST

The last location of Panera Cares, Panera Bread’s pay-what-you-can non-profit experiment, has closed its doors. The St. Louis, Mo.-based company acknowledged that the concept launched nine years ago in Clayton, Mo., – and since then in other cities around the U.S. – is “no longer viable.” The community cafes posted a suggested donation for customers whose payment would cover the free food given to those unable to pay. The cafes were also supposed to raise awareness of hunger issues in America. The last Panera Cares café was in Boston.[Image Credit: © Panera Bread]
Brenna Houck, "Panera Bread closes last pay-what-you-can restaurant", Nation's Restaurant News, February 07, 2019, © Vox Media, Inc
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