The company is looking for people who have food service experience and a commitment to the cafe’s mission. Every employee must take a pledge that includes the promise to “inspire others through my actions to accept their responsibility to make a difference in the world we all share.”
Catherine D’Amato, chief executive of the Greater Boston Food Bank, said Panera Cares is a fascinating concept.
“Some people will latch on to this very easily, and others will think this is the most foreign concept they have ever seen and don’t want to be in there with a homeless person,” D’Amato said. “But I do think there is a readiness for this concept to be tested. Boston is a center for innovation. I think they’ve got something there.”