With Americans vacationing less this summer, according to a recent Associated Press poll, Corner Bakery Cafe today introduced its “Stay Local” program, encouraging guests to explore and rediscover summer fun in their very own neighborhoods.

Whether it is visiting their hometown’s oldest theme park, volunteering for a community project or just lounging in their backyard pools, guests are invited to fan Corner Bakery Cafe’s new Facebook page and share their “stay local” summer ideas, photos and videos on the Facebook wall.

As a thank you, Corner Bakery Cafe will offer participants a complimentary summer sweet with the purchase of a BBLT sandwich or any other lunch or dinner entrée at participating locations. Some cafe guests will also be randomly selected to receive free BBLTs and other special menu items throughout the summer.

Doing its own part to “Stay Local,” Corner Bakery Cafe is using locally sourced tomatoes in its popular summer item, the BBLT, a double-bacon twist on the classic BLT sandwich dressed with cracked pepper balsamic mayo. From July 1 to September 7, a portion of the proceeds from every BBLT sandwich sold will go toward Corner Bakery Cafe’s newly established Community Garden Grant.

At the end of the summer, donations will be made to 15 designated community gardens in Corner Bakery Cafe neighborhoods for the tools necessary to cultivate not only fresh vegetables, but also a sense of community and accomplishment.

“We’re staying local this summer by celebrating fresh locally-sourced produce with the establishment of Corner Bakery Cafe’s first-ever Community Garden Grant,” says Ric Scicchitano, senior vice president of food and beverage.

“It was such a pleasant surprise to hear that we were selected to receive a grant from the Corner Bakery Cafe,” says Madalene Stevens, president of the Temple Garden in Washington, D.C.

“We’re so fortunate to be able to garden in the city, and this contribution is especially meaningful because it’s from a local business that buys local produce; what a wonderful cause.”

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