Panera Bread donates over $10,000 to NC DAV
Covelli Enterprises’ support for military and veterans exceeds $1 million mark
Panera Bread’s largest franchisee Covelli Enterprises presented a check for $10,795.20 Tues., Jan. 10, 2018, to the North Carolina Disabled American Veterans.
Kimberlee Aviles – NSO Assistant Supervisor, Jeremy Roberts – NC Department Adjutant, and Kristofer Knowlton – NC Department Commander accepted the check on behalf of the department. The donation will go to helping disabled veterans in the areas the contributions were made in Central and Western North Carolina.
The funds were raised during the month of November as part of the company’s observance of Veterans Day. Customers were able to contribute to the DAV by rolling up their order totals for the entire month at 15 Panera Bread locations in Greensboro, High Point, Burlington, Kernersville, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Boone, Hickory, Salisbury, and Mooresville through the company’s Change Roll-Up program.
The company has made it an annual tradition to honor all veterans and military service members with free You-Pick-Two® meals at its participating bakery-cafés and has exceeded $1 million in food and monetary donations since 2011.
“Although it’s important to us to honor our veterans and military every day, this is a uniquely special opportunity for us and for each of our communities to say thank you,” said Sam Covelli, Owner and Operator of Covelli Enterprises. “This is our chance to give something small back to those who have given so much and sacrificed so greatly for us and for our freedom.”
About Covelli Enterprises – Covelli Enterprises operates more than 300 Panera Bread bakery-cafés in seven states. Headquartered in Warren, Ohio, Covelli Enterprises is the single largest franchisee of Panera Bread, LLC. In 2016, Covelli Enterprises donated more than $28 million to hunger relief agencies and non-profit organizations. www.covelli.com