We've entered into an arrangement with the Panera Bread Company in Florham Park as part of their Dough-Nation program where we receive the product they don’t sell by closing on Saturday night. We can use the breads, pastries, bagels, cookies, muffins for church friends and visitors, and to give away as an expression of love.
It's an honor to do the work of Jesus in giving bread to hungry people. We might even meet the Christ who said to his disciples: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.” (Matthew 25)
1. Pick-up & Drop-off, Saturday night: Pick up two or three boxes or bags of product at Panera Bread in Florham Park on Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. (verify Panera closing time before arrival) and bring it to the church. You'll need a vehicle, and note that no more than 2 people may go for the pick up and must take a copy of the letter authorizing CUMC for pickup (use dropbox link below). You will also need a key to the church.
2. Preparation: place bread and pastry in individual bags, with no more than 3 or 4 pieces of pastry in one bag. Use the twisty ties to close the bags and place them in one of the freezers. There is one freezer by the back door of the kitchen and two freezers in the staircase area. Be sure to clean and sanitize the counter after you are finished. Thank you!
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