WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Panera Bread kicked off its “pieces of hope” campaign on Monday.
Puzzle piece cookies are sold at Panera this week to raise awareness and funds for autism research. Here in the Valley, the cause hits closer to home.
From now until Sunday, 100 percent of puzzle piece cookie sales will go to the Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown State University. Students from the Rich Center were at the Canfield Panera location decorating cookies for the sale.
“One in 68 kids are diagnosed with autism. So the statistics are just staggering. We feel that purchasing a cookie is the community’s way of being able to give back,” said Covelli Enterprises marketing director Ashlee Mauti.
The sale will be at all local Panera stores owned by Covelli Enterprises and will run until Sunday.