I've seen the Panera Bread commercials,where they at the end of every business day, take their excess bread, and give it to the needy.....
I was wondering if other restaurant's have the same policy???
So far i've run across this Article ...I'm having a hard time understandind What Fox news is having a fit about??..
I did a copy/paste of this from Janurary 24th.2013 Article, because there was just to many ads..lol
Do you all know of any other restaurant's that do this??
I personally think this is awsome!!
Last week Panera Bread Foundation opened another “pay what you can” store in Boston. Panera operates over 1,600 stores throughout the United States, and almost all of them have required prices. But as part of an effort to let everyone "eat with dignity" the company has opened five stores that have no required prices, simply suggested donations. The most recent store cost Panera Bread Company $1 million to construct, and the move was largely applauded as an effort to help those most in need. Fox Business, on the other hand, was very critical of the charitable venture in a recently published article.
In an article published yesterday, Fox Business author Kate Rogers states that “Panera did not respond to a request for interview” before extensively quoting one expert who assails Panera for daring to give food to the poor.
Rogers quotes Rob Frankel a “branding strategist” who says Panera’s program is “confusing and inconsistent.” Frankel claims that there should be a bright line between business and social responsibility, and criticizes Panera for “blurring” that line. Frankel even questions Panera’s motives saying the program is a “transparent publicity ploy.”
The Fox Business article then goes on to quote Frankel’s claim that consumers will turn on Panera for giving away food because they will believe that the Panera brand has no value.
Nowhere in the article does Rogers provide a contrary opinion of an expert who believes that business and social responsibility go together, or that Panera may benefit from the positive public image these cafes promote. For example, a consumer might be willing to pay more for a Panera sandwich, which on average is pricier than competitors like Subway, because they know their dollars are going to help feed the hungry in other places.
Panera also notes that the “pay what you can” program will only work as long as consumers cover the operating costs of the cafes with their donations. The cafes are based on the “pay-it-forward” model, but given the tone of their article, Fox Business is clearly skeptical.