Panera Cares: Dignified Dining for the Hungry- an interview with Kate Antonacci on Uncommon Giving

The Rock the World Network is a community of uncommon givers. The Uncommon Giving show features the leaders of charities, foundations and corporations rocking our world. Chicke Fitzgerald interviews Kate Antonacci. The original live interview was on 4/5/2013.

This episode is #67 of all time in the top 100 shows on Solutionz Live!

 Kate Antonacci is Director of Societal Impact Initiatives at Panera Bread.

The face of hunger is changing.  Panera Doesn’t offer a Free Lunch – It Offers Caring for people from all walks of life.

Panera Cares community cafes are about working together, shoulder to
shoulder with our customers, to confront a serious problem plaguing
communities across this country. Hunger. Simply put, in these non-profit
locations, we will feed anyone. We will offer a dignified dining
experience in an uplifting environment – without judgment – whether or
not a person can pay.

Panera Cares community cafes – operated by the
Panera Bread Foundation, a separate Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity –
are meant to raise the level of awareness about food insecurity in this
country, while also being a catalyst for change in our communities.

Panera Cares community cafes are designed to help address the
ever-worsening epidemic of food insecurity (hunger) in the U.S. 
Consider this: according to the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA), over 17 million U.S. households are considered food insecure.
Simply put, for a significant number of Americans, putting food on the
table is a struggle. 16 million kids – 1 in 5 – do not have enough to
eat each day and lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a
regular basis.

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Panera Cares website is

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