(Joplin, MO) – Panera Bread is once again joining the fight against breast cancer by baking its signature Pink Ribbon Bagels®, a staple every October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Pink Ribbon Bagel, and over that time Panera Bread bakery-cafes have sold over 20 million Pink Ribbon Bagels and have raised over $4 million for breast cancer charities nationwide.
This year’s Pink Ribbon Bagel fundraising efforts begin with a special kickoff event on Friday, October 1 at 9:00 am at the Joplin Panera Bread bakery-café located at 2401 E 32nd Street. Throughout October, 25¢ from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold will be donated to Hope4You Breast Cancer Foundation to support its mission. Additionally, on Friday, October 15, Panera Bread will donate 100% of all Joplin Pink Ribbon Bagel sales to Hope4You.
“Panera Bread in Joplin is honored to work alongside our customers to once again support Hope4You in this annual October campaign,” said Brian Camey, President of the local Panera Bread franchisee. “We are proud to offer the Pink Ribbon Bagel as a way to help raise both funds and awareness for the cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”
Shaped in the form of the iconic breast cancer pink ribbon, the Pink Ribbon Bagel features cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar, and is baked fresh each morning by Panera’s bakers at each bakery-café.
The Pink Ribbon Bagel was conceived in 2001 when Panera Bread franchisee, Sue Stees, who is now a 37-year breast cancer survivor, began searching for ways to help other women fighting the same disease. Her search led her to the development of the Pink Ribbon Bagel. She sold 27,000 bagels in her bakery-cafes the first year and the idea was taken nationwide by Panera Bread, LLC shortly after.
There are numerous ways to purchase a Pink Ribbon Bagel. Guests can purchase bagels by visiting their local Panera Bread bakery-café, placing a catering order, or ordering online for rapid pick-up or delivery. Online orders can be placed by visiting panerabead.com or by using the Panera Bread app.
About Panera Bread:
The Traditional Bakery, Inc. / Oklahoma City Bakery, Inc. franchise organization owns and operates 23 Panera Bread bakery-café locations in Missouri and Oklahoma. The company is committed to providing great-tasting food that is 100% clean, meaning food that does not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners, or colors from artificial sources. The menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbread pizza, warm grain bowls, breakfast sandwiches and wraps, pastries, bagels, bread, and more.
About Hope4You Breast Cancer Foundation:
HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation raises funds to help accomplish our mission to work with our local area to raise awareness, provide support, offer education, and instill hope. Our efforts provide funding to local hospitals who offer financial assistance for mammography and breast imaging. HOPE 4 You proudly sponsors a local support group “Surviving Together With HOPE” for breast cancer survivors. Since 2007 HOPE has raised over $500,000 to help with our mission. For further information on HOPE 4 You, please visit hope4youbcf.org.