Ron Shaich, founder and CEO of Panera Bread attempts to live on food stamps for 7 days

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Ron-Shaich-1Although it’s always nice to see a wealthy person try and put themselves in the shoes of an average American it often wreaks just a little too much of self-sacrifice rather than self-discovery. Ron Shaich already gets a pass and it’s not just because Panera is freaking delicious, but because this guy has actually put a lot of money and time into helping solve hunger in America.

Shaich has founded Panera Cares cafes all of the country. Basically you can go into any one of them and get a free meal if you can’t afford to pay. The only thing they ask is that if you find yourself in a better place in the future that you come back and pay it forward. There are currently Panera Cares cafes in Missouri, Michigan, Portland, Chicago and Boston.

Part of what inspired him was a piece that appeared in the New York…

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