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Panera Bread of Iowa

1241 Park Place NE, Ste. C
Cedar Rapids
IA 52402
Mr. John Kauffman
Activities Statewide
Organization Type


Panera Bread of Iowa operates Panera Bread bakery-cafes throughout Iowa. They show their appreciation to the communities they serve not only in their bakery-cafes, but also by participating in charitable events, donating to local charities through their Operation Dough-Nation® program, and donating their end of the day bread to local food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens through their Day-End Dough-Nation program.

Panera welcomes the opportunity to support community events, fundraisers and other charitable efforts by providing in-kind bakery products and/or gift certificates when they are able. They have a special commitment to supporting Iowa schools' educational and fundraising goals.

Their Community Breadbox program ensures that cash donations from Panera Bread feed back directly to the community. Each bakery-cafe has a Community Breadbox collection container at each set of registers, encouraging customers to donate to a critical non-profit organization in the community. These cash donations are matched dollar-for-dollar by Panera Bread of Iowa and donated directly to the organization.

How to Help:

Schools and nonprofit organizations may request donations of bakery products or gift certificates online. Local community food banks or organizations that would like more information on how to potentially become involved in their Day-End Dough-Nation programs should contact John Kauffman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, at

Individuals who would like to contribute to their efforts to assist local non-profit organizations in the communities they serve, are encouraged to please look for the Community Breadbox collection containers at their neighborhood Panera Bread bakery-cafe.

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