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Panera Bread Hosting a Holiday Food Drive

Donations can be dropped off through December 24.

Written by Judy Mottl.

Local Panera Bread locations are once again serving as a designated drop-off site for Island Harvest Food Bank’s annual Turkey & Trimmings Collection Campaign. 

To lend a helping hand this holiday season, Panera Bread is asking its neighbors to donate frozen turkeys and non-perishable food items at any of its 24 Long Island bakery-cafes on or before December 24, 2013. 

Our area has three Panera Bread locations within a five-mile radius – in West Babylon on Montauk Highway at the Great South Bay Shopping Center, in North Babylon on Deer Park Avenue and in Farmingdale on Route 110.

According to Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest, nearly 300,000 Long Islanders, including 110,000 children struggle with food insecurity and depend on the Island Harvest network of emergency food providers. That's one out of every 10 Long Islanders.

Donations of frozen turkeys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. at any Nassau or Suffolk County Panera Bread now through December 24.

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