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Panera Donating Proceeds to Feed Hungry Kids in Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Panera Bread cafes in the Ozarks will kick off the annual Weekend Backpack Program fundraiser on Friday, Valentine's Day.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Panera Bread will kick off the annual Weekend Backpack Program fundraiser in partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest.  The fundraiser begins Friday, Valentine's Day.

Every second Friday until December, a portion of select purchases will benefit the Ozarks Food Harvest's Weekend Backpack Program.

This is the third year for Panera to support local students in need. Experts say one in four children in southwest Missouri is food insecure, which means they do not always have access to food at home.

The Weekend Backpack Program helps them with a bag filled with child friendly food to take home on the weekends.

Panera cafes in Springfield, Branson and Joplin are participating in the special fundraiser.

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