I really needed a pick-me-up this morning, and I found one in a post on the Wasted Food blog. In Missouri, what most of us know as Panera Bread is known as St. Louis Bread Co., and the company just opened the St. Louis Bread Company Cares in Clayton, Mo.

At the restaurant, customers pay what they can for the regular items on the menu. Instead of paying a cashier for the food, money is put in a donation box. The hope is that those who really can’t afford the menu prices will still be able to get a good meal, and those who have a little extra in their pockets that day might throw it in the box on top of the price of their meal. It’s being called a community experiment, and I think it’s wonderful.

NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis has the details. It’s worth a watch.



Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Panera Bread bets on humanity
Panera’s St. Louis Bread Co. in Missouri lets customers pay what they can.