As the owner of Pangenera, LLC, and Studio 37, LLC, Jeff Burrill operates several Panera Bread and Pizza Studio restaurants in the southern San Francisco Bay area. Strongly committed to combatting hunger in his community, Jeff Burrill has formed an alliance with the national nonprofit Feeding America and its local affiliate, the Second Harvest Food Bank, by donating money and perishable food items from his restaurant branches. The country’s leading hunger relief organization, Feeding America draws on its nationwide network of food banks to serve American families battling food insecurity. Among its numerous efforts is Kids Café, am after-school program that provides snacks and meals to children in safe locations such as churches and public schools. Under adult supervision, children can also participate in educational and recreational activities through the program. In addition to providing healthy meals, Kids Café offers nutritional education to children during the school year. Currently, the program serves around 122,000 children annually at more than 1,500 Kids Cafe sites.
Jeff Burrill heads Pangenera, LLC, which owns and operates the Panera Bread outlets in the Northern California counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara. He also owns Studio 37, LLC, a San Jose company that reached agreement with The Pizza Studio to develop 25 outlets of the popular fast-food restaurant throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Acutely aware of the pervasiveness of hunger in America, Jeff Burrill and his restaurants have formed an alliance with Feeding America, donating unused perishable items every day to Feeding America’s affiliate, Second Harvest. Feeding America, the fourth-largest charity in the United States, operates more than 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters nationwide, as well as more than 200 food banks. It has set the goal of serving 4.3 billion meals a year by 2018 – an increase of some 65 percent over 2010 levels. This increase means a dramatic increase in the quantity of food – donated food from retail outlets as well as increasing access to a broader range of healthful foods, including fresh produce. To do this, it must increase the capacity of individual food banks in its nationwide network. The other element of Feeding America’s mission is educational – the more people who are aware of the extent and impact of hunger in America, the easier it should become to accomplish the first two goals. Second Harvest of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the Feeding America food bank covering that portion of Northern California. It serves an average of more than 250,000 people per month through a variety of programs, including monthly assistance to low-income families with children, weekly help for low-income seniors, mobile programs to deliver food and produce, and special programs for children and for low-income food bank volunteers. It educates people on healthy nutrition habits and on finding other food-assistance programs. It accomplishes all this with the assistance of volunteers who donate more than 300,000 hours of time every year, representing millions of dollars in equivalent personnel costs.