I ate at the new Panera Bread today. As I sat and watched the people, I thought that this company and others had hit upon a centuries old truth. Breaking bread together is sacred and healing. We have several such companies in town: Bread and Company, The Atlanta Bread Company and now Panera. Panera says in their menu that they believe the universal spirit of bread is sharing. Cash donations given in their bakeries are doubled and given to local hunger relief and other charitable organizations. Any unsold bread is donated at day's end to local hunger relief agencies.
I think even Starbucks is contributing to this bread-breaking culture. A nice thought for today.