Image courtesy of Covelli Enterprises
April is Autism Awareness Month, and Panera Bread is bringing back its ‘Pieces of Hope for Autism’ campaign the week of April 9-15.

In select locations throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, Covelli Enterprises (the Ohio-based franchisee of Panera Bread) is selling puzzle piece shortbread cookies. 100% of the proceeds from these cookie sales go to local non-profit autism organizations in each community.

The puzzle piece cookie is designed to represent the symbol for autism. Each cookie is topped with white icing and an edible sugar decal that follows Panera’s clean food policy by being made completely free of any artificial colors, flavors, additives, or preservatives.

Since 2010, the puzzle piece cookie sales have raised over $1,400,000 for local autism organizations. During the month of April, Panera Bread will also be collecting Community Breadbox donations at the registers of each location to raise additional funds for autism awareness.

“This special cookie has allowed us to make such a positive difference for those with autism, and that’s something we are extremely proud of,” says Sam Covelli of Covelli Enterprises.