Giving Back

Howley Bread Group's cafes donate more than $4 million a year in food and funds to a variety of community charities including: Autism Speaks, Gloria Gemma Breast Resource Foundation, Children's Friend, Ryan's Hope for a Cure Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Cancer Foundation, Foodshare, Mercy Meals and More. Additionally, gift card and food donations are made to local non-profit organizations through Panera/Howley Bread Group's donations department and Day-End Dough-Nations are donated to more than 50 churches and shelters across the franchisee’s bakery-cafe network.

Doughnation Boxes

Our bakery-cafes collect funds from customers through in-store canisters and donate them to local charities. Through this program, in 2018-19, we donated over $27,000.

We donated $9,000 to FoodShare

Foodshare, CT’s largest non-profit food bank, provides food to about 300 food pantries, community kitchens and homeless shelters in Hartford and Tolland counties and serves about 11.5 million meals a year.

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We donated $10,000 to Connecticut Cancer Foundation

The Connecticut Cancer Foundation is committed to reducing the burden of cancer for Connecticut cancer patients and their families. It provides financial assistance to Connecticut cancer patients for rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments, medical co-pays, food, medications and more.

We donated $7,844 to Ryan's Hope

Ryan's Hope Foundation was founded by a Plainville, MA family whose son, Ryan, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) at age two. The Foundation was formed specifically to speed the rate of scientific research that will lead to a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The mission of the Ryan's Hope Foundation is to increase awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with the purpose of raising funds for advancing the research that will realize a cure for the disease and ensure that stricken children will have a brighter tomorrow.

We donated $1,000

to Mercy Meals

Mercy Meals and More is a non-profit program that provides a nutritious beginning to the day for neighbors in need. The goal is to not only provide free meals, clothing and books for those in need, but to also create a healthy atmosphere that builds networks of friendships and a stronger community.

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Baked Good Donations

At the end of the day our leftover baked goods are donated to local non-profits. It is an important way for us to be engaged with the community and give back to those in need. In 2018, we donated over $4 million. Interested in collecting our end-of-day baked goods at one of our bakery-cafes? Submit a request here.

Community Events

Howley Bread Group partners with local non-profits to raise money and organize community events. In May, we join Children's Friend at Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI for family fun activities, a 5k walk, and to volunteer in providing breakfast and lunch to all who join. In June, we set up our Panera tent at Pratt & Whitney Stadium to handout snacks and walk alongside other members of the Hartford-area to support Autism Speaks.

In 2019, we raised $30,000 for these events.

We donated $20,000 to

Children's Friend

Children’s Friend is an organization dedicated to protecting vulnerable children in Rhode Island. To date, HBG has contributed more than $600,000 to this local non-profit.

We donated $10,000 to

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help to ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives.’ To date, HBG has contributed more than $66,000 to the non-profit in its four-year partnership.