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Albany Bakery-Cafes Donate $30,815.21 for Local Community

Albany, NY - Fueled by the generous contributions of its customers, Albany-area Panera Bread® bakery-cafes are donating a total of $30,815.21 contributed in 2010 to the American Cancer Society, Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation recipient. The funds will be used to further American Cancer Society’s mission of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

For the past 18 years, Panera and its franchisees have helped dozens of charitable organizations through Operation Dough-Nation, a program that allows Panera Bread and its customers to make a positive impact in the community in several ways. For example, a portion of all customer donations made in Community Breadbox™ containers near the registers are matched with cash by participating Panera Bread locations for distribution to local charities, such as the American Cancer Society. And at the end of the day, local cafes also donate unsold bread and baked goods to local hunger relief agencies through the company’s Day-End Dough-Nation™ program.

“We are proud to share ‘Panera Warmth’ with members of our local community throughout the year,” said Valerie Sodano, Marketing Manager. “Bread is an important part of our culture – it brings people together – and Panera is dedicated to giving back to the people who have welcomed us into their neighborhoods and invited us to share in their lives.”

Nationwide, Panera Bread and its franchisees have helped numerous non-profit organizations through Operation Dough-Nation. Thanks to the generosity of its customers, Panera Bread and its franchisees will donate more than $1 million to dozens of charities raised in 2010. Over the years, contributions have helped organizations including local food banks and pantries, the American Cancer Society and many others. Panera Bread bakery-cafes collectively donated over $85 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods in 2010 to help people in need.

For more information on how to support local Operation Dough-Nation programs, visit your neighborhood Panera Bread bakery-cafe.

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About Panera Bread
Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,421 bakery-cafes as of September 28, 2010 under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.