Make Fall Sweet for Foster Children

Covelli Family Limited Partnership, part of the largest franchisee of Panera, LLC, is partnering with the Foundation for Foster Children for a special fall promotion throughout 32 bakery-cafes in the Orlando area. From Nov. 2-16, participating bakery-cafes will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from every Pumpkin cookie purchased to the Foundation for Foster Children. For a full list of participating locations, please visit

The freshly baked all-butter shortbread cookie is shaped like a pumpkin and decorated in orange icing to celebrate the fall season. Individual cookies are available for purchase, with six-packs available as well for a group sweet treat for $11.99.

“The Foundation for Foster Children’s impassioned advocacy is impacting the lives of many children here in Central Florida,” said Annette Ford, owner of Covelli Family Limited Partnership, franchisee of Panera, LLC. “Together with the help of our generous customers, we can bring awareness and support to this amazing organization and all they are doing for foster youth in our community.”

The proceeds from this campaign will directly impact the more than 1,500 children currently in the foster care system in Central Florida at any given time. The Foundation provides funding and in-kind support for the unmet needs of those foster youth through it’s core programs: Educate, Enrich, Empower. These programs were established to provide comprehensive academic support, access to extracurricular activities, and guidance needed as they transition to adulthood. The hallmarks of these programs target the areas essential to changing a child’s direction from government assistance to independent members of our community.

“This campaign directly supports foster youth in Central Florida with access to tutoring, athletics, college prep, and more,” said Robert Newkirk, Executive Director of Foundation for Foster Children. “Larger than the financial impact is the amount of awareness this brings to the work we’re doing every day to give these children a chance at a brighter future. We are so blessed to partner with Covelli Enterprises for another amazing fundraiser.”

Those interested in supporting the campaign can get their cookies safely and conveniently with multiple ordering options available. Panera Curbside, Rapid Pick-Up, or contactless delivery orders can be placed at or through the Panera Bread mobile app. Pumpkin cookies can also be purchased in-café or drive-thru.