Free Meals for Veterans at Panera Bread on Veteran’s Day

Some Panera Bread locations will be offering free meals for veterans to celebrate the brave men and women who have served in our military.

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There are 28 locations in South Carolina and Georgia participating in this offer, which will occur on Monday.

The offer includes a choice of any combination of half soup, sandwich, flatbreads, salad and mac and cheese. Veterans will need to either wear their uniform or have a valid military ID or discharge papers.

An Annual Panera Bread Tradition for Veterans Day

Panera Bread began this tradition in 2011 and has served nearly 150,000 meals to service members in the years since.

“Without the sacrifice and bravery of our men and women in uniform, we wouldn’t have a country to live in let alone a business to run,” said Sam Covelli, the Owner, and Operator of Panera Bread’s largest franchisee, Covelli Enterprises.

“This is a small thank you for a very big reason. We are grateful to all veterans and service members for the freedoms they have afforded us,” Covelli concluded.

Panera Bread Fundraising for Disabled Veterans

In addition to free meals, some Panera Bread locations will be raising money for Disabled American Veterans.

The Disabled American Veterans organization was created by the United States Congress to serve disabled military veterans during the aftermath of World War I.

It currently has more than one million members who receive a number of benefits, from assistance during major disasters to support navigating the complicated VA system.

A donation to the DAV is a great way to thank the brave service members who gave their own health and livelihood for our freedom.

Other Restaurants Celebrating Veterans Day

A number of other restaurants are offering specials, including free meals, for Veterans Day:

  • Applebee’s
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
  • BIBIBOP Asian Grill
  • Bob Evans
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Chicken Salad Chick
  • Chipotle
  • Cicis Pizza
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Fatz Cafe
  • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
  • Golden Corral
  • Grub Burger Bar
  • Hooters
  • Hy-Vee
  • IHOP
  • Little Caesars
  • Macaroni Grill
  • On the Border
  • Red Lobster
  • Shoney’s
  • Starbucks
  • Tap House Grill
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Twin Peaks
  • Wild Wing Cafe
  • Yard House

For a complete list of restaurant specials for Veterans Day, see this list at