Panera Bread, owned by Covelli Enterprises, has partnered with the Charleston County School District to assist with the district’s crisis fund.
The partnership is part of Covelli Enterprises care initiative, which the company promises to give back to the community.
In a Youtube video posted by the Charleston County School District Melissa Lemieux, Covelli Enterprises Marketing Director said, “We’re thrilled to give back to the children crisis fund” Lemieux said,“this is something that our employees and customers care a lot about because this is the school district that their students are attending.”
According to WISTV, five Charleston area restaurants will be participating in the initiative. Opportunities for customers to donate will be available at restaurants in West Ashley, Tanger, Summerville, Ashley Phosphate Rd and Downtown. Panera Bread customers who wish to donate to the crisis fund are able to do so at these locations either by credit card or cash donation using the canisters located at the registers.
The funds collected will allow the district to provide immediate emergency assistance to students and their families. The fund will assist those who need help paying for food, housing, utilities or medication for a student suffering from a chronic illness.
Once a student’s application is approved, the family will receive a check from the Charleston County School District for their specific need.
Lemieux believes,“We think that students should not be held back to get a good education due to a crisis or emergency situations.”