Panera Bread and PR Management Corp. Fight Hunger in Western Massachusetts

Left to right: Heather Clark, Marketing & Development Manager at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts; Dan Demers, Assistant GM, Panera Bread Chicopee; Sarah Tsisto, Marketing & Development Director at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The $30,000 donation was presented at Panera Bread on Memorial Drive in Chicopee.

PR Management Corporation, a franchisee of Panera bread, recently presented The Food Bank with a $30,000 contribution as part of its Feeding America initiative. PR Management Corp. has donated a total of $275,000 to different food banks in the Feeding America network that are located in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.

“We are humbled and honored to present this donation to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts,” said Mitch Roberts, Co-founder and CEO of PR Management Corp.  “We hope that this money will help further The Food Bank’s mission of feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger.”

The bakery-cafes of Massachusetts operated by PR Management Corp, including those of East Longmeadow, Hadley, West Springfield, Chicopee, and Pittsfield collected funds from customers through in-store canisters.  Panera Bread then matched a percentage of all funds donated by its customers, bringing the total donation for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to $30,000.

“We’re very grateful for the support of PR Management Corporation and the amazing customers of Panera Bread,” Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director at The Food Bank added. “It’s through these strong community partnerships that we are able to ensure that everyone in Western Massachusetts has access to healthy food, regardless of their circumstances.”