Funds raised will support No Kid Hungry® to help end childhood hunger in America
Boston, MA (RestaurantNews.com) In America, 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger. Kids who are provided with the proper nutrition get better grades, are less likely to miss school, and are more likely to graduate from high school. This month, Au Bon Pain, an internationally recognized leader in the fast casual category, is making every dollar count by joining thousands of restaurants nationwide to raise funds for No Kid Hungry®, a campaign created by the nonprofit Share Our Strength to end childhood hunger in America. Beginning September 27, 2016, at participating Au Bon Pain locations across the country, guests who donate $1 to the No Kid Hungry® campaign will receive a coupon for one free pastry to be used during their next visit, valid through the end of November. The promotion is scheduled to run through October 27, 2016, or while supplies last.
“Sixteen million children in the United States struggle with hunger,” said Ray Blanchette, CEO of Au Bon Pain. “As a restaurant that focuses on offering healthful options for everyone, that’s a number we find unacceptable. Our promotion is just one way we can support No Kid Hungry to help ensure children in America get the nutrition they need, and we are thrilled to be a part of the campaign. With the generosity of our guests and enthusiasm of our employees, we know this promotion will help provide meals to families so their children can learn and thrive.”
In 2015, 13,000 restaurants raised $8.9 million through the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry program, and this year Au Bon Pain is joining the fight with a goal of providing 500,000 meals for kids struggling with hunger here in America. Every dollar donated can feed a child 10 meals through No Kid Hungry’s work to connect vulnerable children to effective nutrition programs like School Breakfast and Summer Meals, creating public-private partnerships that work together to identify and break down barriers to give children access to nutritious meals and teach low-income families how to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy, affordable meals.
“Everyone—from private citizens, to businesses, to policymakers, to nonprofits—has a role in helping end childhood hunger in America, and we are grateful to Au Bon Pain for taking action,” said Billy Shore, Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength®, the nonprofit organization responsible for the No Kid Hungry campaign. “I encourage everyone to dine out often at Au Bon Pain and other participating restaurants in their area this September and October. We are excited to partner with brands like Au Bon Pain whose commitment to food and community align with our mission.”
About Au Bon Pain
Founded in 1978, Au Bon Pain (“the place of good bread”) has grown into an internationally recognized leader in the fast-casual restaurant category. The chain’s signature items—sandwiches, breads, pastries, salads, soups and coffee—are served in welcoming café environments emphasizing quick service and hospitality. Au Bon Pain offers consumers a wide array of delicious, nutritional foods that include low-sodium, low-fat, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Calorie counts are clearly posted on menus and full nutritional information is provided in each café which has helped the brand earn Health magazine’s designation as one of America’s Top 5 Healthiest Restaurant Chains over the past three years and one of America’s Healthiest Restaurant Chains by Grellin.
Au Bon Pain operates in six key trade channels including urban office buildings, hospitals, universities, transportation centers, malls and museums. Au Bon Pain currently operates in more than 300 locations in the U.S. and internationally. Additional information about Au Bon Pain, which is headquartered in Boston, may be found at www.aubonpain.com.
About No Kid Hungry
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.
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