Panera Bread is helping fight hunger one mile at a time after hosting another sensational event: 6th Annual Panerathon 5K/10K run/walk event at the Deerfield Towne Center in Mason this past Sunday. Runners and walkers wound their way through the Deerfield shopping center for a race to the finish line. Participants were welcomed to the finish line by the enthusiastic Mason cheerleaders. The weather was beautiful and the spectators enthusiastic.
“Hunger knows no boundaries,” said Shared Harvest Foodbank Executive Director Tina Osso. “The Panerathon brings this entire community together to raise thousands of dollars to feed our neighbors in need. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
The event also included a race for kids, hosted by Kohls Cares. Thousands of participants and spectators joined together to support hunger during an event where all proceeds were donated to the Shared Harvest Foodbank, in partnership with Mason Food Pantry. Panera Bread has been busy this summer by hosting this annual event throughout the Ohio region. This spring they hosted an event at Centerville High School, drawing huge crowds and participants. Proceeds from that event profited a Dayton area pantry.
The Annual Panerathon is a family event that encourages family involvement. From providing kid friendly events, such as Home Depot helping kids build a wooden project, beautifully creative face painting to enjoying a bouncy house. Many health booths were set up to provide valuable health information as well as a variety of other booths filled Panera’s parking lot. But the best part of the event was the spread that was waiting the participants after crossing the finish line. Panera provided fresh bagels, pastries and sandwiches, as well as uplifting entertainment from Q102 radio station.
The popularity of this event is wide spread and growing from year to year. Last year, as a result of participant support, Panera Bread was able to provide over 133,000 meals for local neighbors in need. This year’s event, in Mason alone, is expected to attracted more than 1,000 participants and raise over $20,000 to benefit the Mason area food bank. For every $1 raised through the benefit, the hunger relief agencies will provide eight meals to neighbors in need throughout the community.
“Panera Bread is committed to supporting our local communities and the fight against hunger,” said Craig Flom, President of Breads of the World, LLC, franchisee of Panera Bread in Southwest Ohio. “We encourage runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to join us for the Panerathon 5K/10K and help support Shared Harvest Foodbank and Mason Food Pantry.”
Shared Harvest Foodbank helps collect, store and distribute food and staples to over 100 food banks, shelters and other resources providing hot meals and groceries to the hungry and people facing emergency situations in the Butler, Warren, Preble, Darke and Miami counties.
Panera Bread is making their presence in the community a strong force and it is encouraging that such as large company cares.
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