Panera Bread donates $2,300 to Forces United

Panera Bread donates $2,300 to Forces United
Donation to Forces United by Panera Bread (Jasmine Anderson)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - When veterans have to return to civilian life, sometimes the path isn’t always clear or easy. Forces United, formerly known as the Augusta Warrior Project, works around the clock to holistically care for their needs.

On Tuesday, they got a significant boost to fund those efforts from Covelli Enterprises, the largest Panera Bread franchise. The organization donated over $2,300 as part of its initiative to support veteran-related causes in the area.

Peter Way, Ambassador for Forces United says it’s about more than the money. “The money is huge. You know, We, the cost of a single hand cycle to put someone who can’t pedal a bicycle on something and get them out can be $3,000 to $6,000 and so that can be a piece of equipment that we’re able to use with someone. That could be a new activity that we develop. It’s huge.”

Last month, Panera customers got the chance to round up their order totals for the organization. All the money stays local, helping veterans. Forces United helps veterans find jobs, housing, education and more.

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