UPDATE: The Power Pack-a-thon was a major success

Volunteers, including Panera associates from the Cincinnati area, packed a whopping 4,500 sacks of food at the Ninth Annual Power Pack-a-thon, on Martin Luther King Day in Cincinnati. The food will benefit chronically hungry children in the Cincinnati area.

About 25 Panera staffers joined another 50 volunteers from the community to help pack. And Covelli Enterprises, the nation’s largest franchisee of Panera Bread restaurants, presented the Freestore Foodbank with a check for $19,943 to help support the project.

Each nutritious bag of food costs about $5, and is distributed to nearly 8,000 local children between the ages of 6 and 12 at 100 local area schools every Friday.  There were several cafes represented at the event, including Eastgate and Calhoun. In addition, Panera served breakfast and lunch to all volunteers at the event.