Autism Speaks: Panera Bread donates $8,681 to raise awareness for autism


April is Autism Awareness Month. The CDC reports 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.

Panera Bread is helping to raise awareness. The franchise donated more than $8,600 to the Georgia Chapter of Autism Speaks.

The executive director says the donation will help families access resources in the community.

“They may not be aware that we have an Autism response team dedicated to providing that one on one support that they need to guide their loved one or themselves throughout the lifespan,” explained Kimberly Dick. 

Both the Augusta and Evans Panera Bread locations will be selling puzzle piece shortbread cookies from April 8th to the 14th.

100% of the proceeds will go back to Autism Speaks Georgia Chapter.

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