Panera’s together without hunger campaign extends efforts to provide meals to families in need via new single “Say The Word” by emerging artist Livingston
Portion of proceeds from each download and stream will contribute to Panera’s efforts to provide freshly prepared meals to Feeding America® Food Banks
To help make food accessible to all, Panera created the #SeeAPlateFillAPlate challenge to inspire Americans to donate and fill a plate for someone in need.
Panera is raising funds for Together Without Hunger – a campaign to help provide freshly-prepared meals* to those facing hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with Feeding America®.
The unprecedented humanitarian crisis created by COVID-19 was the inspiration behind the new single, “Say the Word,” written and performed by Elektra recording artist, Livingston. A portion of the proceeds from downloads and streams of Livingston’s “Say The Word” will be donated to Feeding America in partnership with Panera’s Together Without Hunger campaign. In support of feeding people in need, the Together Without Hunger campaign will prepare and distribute up to 500,000 freshly prepared Panera meals – as of the beginning of May, the campaign has provided nearly 200,000 meals to local Feeding America® food banks.
“Stuck inside throughout March, I was feeling uninspired and disconnected from other people,” said Livingston. “I heard about the charitable campaign with Panera to provide up to 500,000 meals to people in need as a result of the virus. It reminded me of lyrics I had recently written about identifying with other people’s pain and the value of asking for help, which resonated more now than ever. I was inspired to go back to those lyrics and incorporating a children’s choir helped bring out the meaning of ‘Say The Word’ and really spoke to the main idea of Panera’s campaign – we’re all in this together.”
Panera is encouraging those who can to join in and give at TogetherWithoutHunger.org, where a $3 donation will help put a freshly-prepared meal on the table for a person in need. After donating, people are encouraged to spread the word by taking part in the #SeeAPlateFillAPlate challenge on Instagram – decorating an empty plate, sharing a selfie with their creation on Instagram and tagging 5 friends to join the movement. Feeding America® estimates that an additional 17.1 million people could face hunger in the next six months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in an increased need for food assistance in communities across the country to almost 54 million.
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“The need right now is staggering – and we feel that Panera has a responsibility to step up and be a part of the solution,” said Niren Chaudhary, Panera CEO. “Music plays a crucial role during this time and is a meaningful way of bringing people together. Our hope is that this song inspires us all to come together during this challenging time to raise awareness around the hunger crisis at hand.”
Panera has also teamed up with DKMS as a key partner to help fundraising efforts for Together Without Hunger. As an existing Panera philanthropic partner with a long-standing commitment to supporting children, DKMS is using their expertise to meet children’s most pressing need, access to freshly prepared meals.
To donate or find more information about the Together Without Hunger campaign and the #SeeAPlateFillAPlate challenge, visit togetherwithouthunger.org. Download ‘Say the Word’ on your favorite music app or streaming service today.
*From April 15 to June 1, 2020, Panera has committed to deliver up to 500,000 meals, which include sandwiches made with high-quality meats and cheeses on whole grain bread, freshly prepared with care and delivered directly to local communities. A “family meal” consists of 4 half sandwiches, 4 bags of kettle chips and 4 apples. For more information, visit togetherwithouthunger.org.
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