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Panera Bread to Sell $1 Lemonade to Benefit Gleaners Food Bank

All proceeds from lemonade sales at area Panera Bread locations this Saturday will benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank.

The following information was submitted by Panera Bread.

School’s out for summer, and more than 315,000 kids who usually get meals in school are home — and hungry.

To help, metro Detroiters can “cool off with Panera” lemonade for $1 on July 21 to help combat childhood hunger in our community. Panera Bread is donating 100 percent of lemonade proceeds to Gleaners Community Food Bank’s Hunger Free Summer effort. Every $1 lemonade sold on July 21 will sponsor six summer meals.

On July 21, Panera associates will be manning handmade and decorated lemonade stands outside of the cafes in a number of area cities, including their at 34635 Grand River Ave. 

In tandem with this effort, this week Panera is welcoming all Detroit-area residents to tweet photos of their funniest lemonade “pucker face” using the hashtag #LemonAidDetroit.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 17 million households are considered food insecure. Simply put, hunger is a very real struggle for many Americans. Panera’s Lemon-Aid initiative is designed to help address this ever-worsening epidemic.

About Gleaners Food Bank

Founded in 1977, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan is one of the oldest and largest food banks in the country. Today, it distributes more than 40 million pounds of emergency food annually – equivalent to 85,284 meals per day.

Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates a total of five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties, which provide food to over 600 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 94 cents for food and food programs. One dollar provides three meals for a hungry neighbor. Learn more at www.gcfb.org.

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