Pay-what-you-can cafe is laudable

I’d like to commend Panera Bread for developing its pay-what-you-can cafe at Government Center, which operates on donations from patrons, rather than a set price (Business, Jan. 24). For a poor, disadvantaged patron, it provides a meal without the humiliation of not being able to afford it. For the customer with means, it is a chance to pay it forward and practice good will, something we can all benefit from in this sometimes harsh, materialistic world.

I’m glad the cafe’s first week reported a strong showing, and I hope it continues. Kudos to Panera for showing faith in the goodness of mankind.

Kathryn Pazola