Panera Cares Lets Customers Set The Price
Panera Bread, the nationwide restaurant chain, has opened a new “pay-what-you-can” cafe in downtown Boston, called Panera Cares.
The concept is simple: diners pay what they can afford. So if a meal normally costs $5.00, the customer can pay that price, a little more, or a little less.
Store ambassadors greet customers when they come in to explain how things work, but it can be a little confusing.
“I don’t even know what’s going on. I’m just hungry,” a befuddled customer named Javier said.
Here’s how it works: customers order their food, just like at a regular Panera, but then the cashier tells them the suggested price. Customers can decide how much to pay, and either put their money in a donation box, or tell the cashier how much to charge their credit card.
The Panera Bread Foundation has four other Panera Cares locations in St. Louis, Detroit, Portland, Oregon and Chicago, and the founder Ron Shaich says the system works because the people who can afford to pay more, often do.
“All they have is a responsibility to do the right thing. And you know what’s amazing? So many people do,” Shaich said.
The breakdown of what people pay is about 60-20-20: 60 percent of people pay the suggested price, 20 percent pay less, 20 percent pay more.
Since opening in January, the Panera Cares in Boston has been taking in slightly more than that national average.
Panera officials say the chain already donates about $100 million in food and cash a year. But Shaich wanted to become more involved in the issue of food insecurity – the 50 million Americans and one in four children who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
“This isn’t an issue of simply of homelessness,” Shaich said. “Twenty-five percent of people with food insecurity actually own their own homes, 24 percent are college grads. It’s endemic when you have a country that is 8 to 9 percent unemployment.”
It’s a job requirement that all of the employees at the Boston Panera Cares location understand the issue.
“We’ve all experienced food insecurity one way or another, either personally or we know someone is experiencing it,” said cashier Yetunde Bankole.
Panera Cares workers are also trained to deal with a population that is in need.
Why is it when you google “meal planning poverty” or “weekly meals for low income families” all that I get are ~food challenges for your welathy family~
Like, thats cool or whatever but what about actual poor people who need actual meal ideas?
Also, your challenge doesnt work if you have time…
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Fox News host mocks food stamps: ‘Do you know how fabulous I’d look? I’d be so skinny’
By David Edwards
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:47 EST
Fox News host Andrea Tantaros on Wednesday seemed to be mocking the millions of hungry Americans who are forced to used food stamps when she suggested that the program would make for a great diet plan.
During a Thanksgiving-eve segment on Fox Business, host Stuart Varney noted that Newark Mayor Cory Booker had accepted a challenge to live on food stamps for a week.
“Could you live on 133 bucks a month for food?” Varney asked Tantaros, who co-hosts Fox News’ The Five.
“I should try it because, do you know how fabulous I’d look?” she replied. “I mean, the camera adds ten pounds. It really does. I would be looking great.”
According to the USDA, 50.1 million Americans lived with food insecurity in 2011. Over 57 percent of those households participated in federal food assistance programs.
Watch this video from Fox Business via Media Matters, broadcast Nov. 21, 2012.
Not only is it offensive to those of us that live with food insecurity and rely on the little bit of assistance that is made available to us, but it is COMPLETELY offensive in oh so many other ways….Andrea Tantaros who glorifies and promotes super skinny as a “fabulous” way to look, cites the camera as adding 10 lbs. to her already thin (but presumably/hopefully healthy) frame, implies that skinny is the best way to look, etc… etc… oh and the absolute irresponsibility of suggesting that in order to lose weight and “look fabulous” is achieved by minimizing your food intake to dangerous levels…..the list of dangerous and irresponsible messages just keep coming!
And then the man that chimes in and actually gives his wife’s height and weight on national TV!!!! and then Stuart Varney “Hubba Hubba-ing” over her “stats” and saying “well you’ve already won, game, set, match”…..SERIOUSLY FOX????!!! What the FUCK????!!! Just when I thought you could not get more disgusting, you find a way EVERY FUCKING TIME!!!!!
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