Community Giving

“I am so grateful to have been able to build a company that has enjoyed incredible success. I feel strongly that it is our obligation to give back as much as we can. It’s just part of who we are.” – Sam Covelli, CEO of Covelli Enterprises

  • Covelli Enterprises works with many non-profit organizations to create cause campaigns designed to fundraise to meet various community needs.
  • We have major market-wide campaigns devoted to raising funds for autism and breast cancer. The funds from our annual Pieces of Hope for Autism cookie campaign have exceeded $2 million. The events devoted to breast cancer, including the Pink Ribbon Bagel sales and the annual Youngstown Panerathon, have raised more than $6.5 million. We recently launched our first Chip in for Children’s Mental Health program in 2021. We also continuously support veterans and local hospitals. Covelli has formed strategic alliances with numerous local organizations to help raise funds to make a true difference where we work and live.
  • Covelli Enterprises places canisters at its registers to benefit various non-profit organizations. Non-profits serving people in the communities where Covelli-owned Panera Bread bakery-cafés are located may apply to have their charity selected for this type of in-store fundraising.
  • To inquire about becoming a Community Breadbox™ recipient, please visit the Contact page and send an email including the market in which you are located and information about your organization for our consideration.
  • At the end of each day, our bakery-cafes donate all unsold bread and baked goods to local hunger relief agencies and charities.
  • To apply for this program, please click here.
  • Covelli Enterprises strives to be a good neighbor and corporate citizen by supporting local events with in-kind donations of auction items or coupons.
  • To request food, auction items, or coupons for your non-profit’s event, please click here.
  • Covelli Enterprises plans its large community sponsorship support a year in advance.
  • To inquire about event sponsorships for the upcoming year, please visit the Contact page and send us a detailed message about your event including where your event will be held, when it is, how many people will be involved, what type of sponsorship you are seeking and what type of marketing opportunities are included.
  • Covelli Enterprises employees are encouraged to get involved in the local community by volunteering. Many employees volunteer their time to feed the hungry, mentor children, or support community events.
  • To reach out with a volunteer opportunity for our employees, please visit the Contact page and send an email including the market in which you are located, information about your organization, and details of event for which you are requesting volunteers.

BENEFITTING LOCAL CHARITIES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD