Au Bon Pain Raises $50,000 for No Kid Hungry® to Help End Childhood Hunger in U.S.

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Fast-Casual Restaurant Leader Gives Back to the Communities it Serves

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Au Bon Pain thanks its employees and patrons for rallying around No Kid Hungry® this fall, raising $50,000 or 500,000 meals to help connect children in America to the nutritious food they need, every day. From September 27 through October 27, the restaurant offered guests who donated $1 to the No Kid Hungry® campaign a coupon for one free pastry to be used during their next visit, joining thousands of restaurants nationwide in the No Kid Hungry campaign this season.

“One in five children in America struggles with hunger,” said Ray Blanchette, CEO of Au Bon Pain. “That’s a number we find completely unacceptable. Our promotion is just one way we can support No Kid Hungry, with the enthusiasm of our employees and generosity of our customers, to help make sure that every child in America gets the food they need to learn and thrive. We believe in giving back to the communities we serve, and we’re proud to partner with Share Our Strength to do that in such a meaningful, tangible way.”

No Kid Hungry connects 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 giving children access to meals, and teaching low-income families how to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy, affordable meals. Learn more and make a donation at http://www.NoKidHungry.org.

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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 http://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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