Photo Opportunity: Panera Bread® "Family Reunion" Attendees From Across North America Join to Support Healthier Lifestyles for Local Children

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Feb 15, 2012) -


Panera Bread company and franchise associates, representing over 1,500 bakery-cafes across North America and in Canada, have come together this week in the Washington, DC-area for Panera's Family Reunion. A highlight of their time together will be to work with local children to encourage healthy, active lifestyles.

Family Reunion attendees will band together for an afternoon of fun, role modeling, and giving back to its host city. In keeping with a Panera tradition of supporting the local community where the Reunion is being held, on Wednesday, February 15, more than 2,000 people will participate in an interactive event with 300 elementary school children from the Fort Foote Elementary School in Fort Washington, MD. The school is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for Excellence. The activities at the event will be focused on healthy eating, active fitness activities, and literacy. Panera Bread will be providing each child with a valuable gift designed to promote reading and literacy.

The festivities will conclude with a special surprise performance by the children as a fun, active expression of gratitude.


300 Local Elementary Students
More than 2,000 Panera Bread Family Reunion attendees


Wednesday, February 15, 2012
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

About Panera Bread Company

Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,541 bakery-cafes as of December 27, 2011 under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of our 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. Our menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, our customers enjoy our warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor, and free internet access. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on our website,


Linn Parrish
VP Public Relations
o. 314-984-4959
c. 617-943-3096



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