CEO Niren Chaudhary said, in an effort to “provide better access to essential items that are increasingly harder to come by,” the fast casual introduced “Panera Grocery,” alongside its standard offerings at participating stores nationwide.
Prices run from $7.99 for 16 Kid’s Yogurt Tubes to $4.99 for a gallon of 2 percent milk to $5.99 for a bag of red seedless grapes.
This includes covering the cost of required testing for coronavirus under a doctor’s order and temporary expanded sick pay for all company employees.
Panera is also hosting a weekly meal for all employees and has a “Friends in Knead,” non-profit funded primarily by voluntary donations from workers.
Additionally, Panera offered its kitchens and resources as added infrastructure to help the #ChefsForAmerica movement provide meals nationwide and ease the burden placed on so many families across our country.
The company said it is supporting Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen to serve at scale in those cities with the most critical demand right now.
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