Panera Bread is volunteering at our warehouse today. We asked them to share a little bit about how they make a difference. We are very grateful for their partnership and look forward to providing many meals to our community because of their and their customers' generosity!
At Panera Bread®, we believe in giving back to the communities in which we serve. We have worked to help combat the problem of hunger in Denver for 12 years when we opened our first bakery-café in Colorado. Since then, our efforts fighting hunger have grown to include various charitable initiatives, donations and numerous community events.
Panera is proud to partner with Food Bank of the Rockies, an outstanding partner who is providing meals to our neighbors in need.
We partner with FBR through our Operation Dough- Nation Community Breadbox™ program where customer’s spare change is collected and donated annually to FBR. On January 20th, 2014, Panera associates have a unique opportunity to volunteer their time during the MLK National Day of Service to the Food Bank of the Rockies. This unique volunteer opportunity gives our associates the ability to follow the donations in our ODN boxes and witness firsthand the change it makes in our community. Every cent counts! As a partner with FBR we enjoy seeing how these donations add up to big change in our community. Next time you are in a Panera, unload your pockets in our Operation Dough-Nation Community Breadbox! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for annual Panerathon 5K/10K in September!
Our warehouse was bustling with volunteers last Friday morning and we had some special guests filling orders in our distribution area. The National At-Home Dad Network hosted their 18th annual convention right here in Denver over the weekend. Several members came from across the country and wanted to give back while they were here. We had a chance to visit with Richard Blake who organized the volunteer activity.
Here’s a big THANK YOU to these terrific volunteers for being caring parents and for making a difference for the hungry in our community! We appreciate you lending a hand in our warehouse during your visit to Denver.
Interested in volunteering with FBR? Please visit our volunteer page to learn more!
We often get groups who are interested in bringing families and kiddos to FBR to volunteer. As a result, we have organized a number of Family Volunteer Days. On Saturday, August 3rd, The Medical Center of Aurora brought an awesome group of 46 volunteers of all ages to help us pack backpacks full of schools supplies, sort reclamation food and pack food boxes for one of our government programs. We had a blast hosting this group that has become like an extension of the FBR family. Thanks Medical Center of Aurora!
Contact Laura at email@example.com if you're interested in setting up a family day!
The people of this beautiful state have seen their share of heartache. It's in the difficult times that we ban together. Residents of Aurora held a Day of Remembrance on Saturday, July 20, 2013, to mark the one-year anniversary of the move-theater shooting tragedy. FBR was honored to be chosen by members of the city of Aurora as a volunteer spot on their Day of Remembrance. Over 30 individuals came out to help for the day. A variety of additional service projects were organized at non-profit organizations throughout Aurora, including Project C.U.R. E., Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado, Aurora Mental Health Center, Boys & Girls Club, Aurora North Middle School and others. Our hearts continue to go out to the city of Aurora and all those effected by this tragedy.
On September 7th, 58 representatives from XCEL Energy filled up our warehouse, volunteering their time and talents for FBR. They packed an outstanding 5,000 Totes of Hope for Denver area kids to take home on weekends. These totes provide meals that kiddos might not otherwise have access to. They also packed boxes of food that will be distributed to clients in need. How amazing was this group of dedicated volunteers? AMAZING. Thanks XCEL!!!!! We all appreciate you.
August 28, a group of 13 go-getters from TJ Maxx volunteered in our reclamation area. In addition to their donation of time, the company gifted us with a check that will provide 10,000 meals to our neighbors in need! We love partnering with new groups who are so excited and dedicated to fighting hunger in Colorado. Thanks TJ Maxx! We look forward to working with you again in the future.
Last Thursday, we spent our morning with friends from King Soopers and The Denver Bronco's at FBR's Montbello Mobile Pantry site. These kind folks volunteered their time to serve the line of over 300 families in need of food assistance. They smiled, ear to ear, at every individual walking through the line and made a beautiful impact on all those interacting with them. The staff at the United Church of Montebello worked alongside these volunteers and witnessed their highest distribution to date. On top of volunteering their mornings away from work at their offices, King Soopers and The Denver Broncos presented checks to FBR, totaling over 320,000 meals for Coloradans in need. We were taken back and humbled by their generosity of spirit, time and monetary contributions.
There's a siginificant need in our community, which is why we do what we do. But without partners like King Soopers and the Denver Broncos, we would not be able to ensure that the issue of hunger in our community is being satisfied. What else can say other than, "Thank you." We're honored to work alongside you in this fight.