Panera breadbowl turkey chili
Panera is testing a pay-what-you-can turkey chili at St. Louis area restaurants.

Panera testing donation-based menu item

Customers can pay what they wish for turkey chili at 48 St. Louis Bread Co. restaurants

Panera Bread Co., which through its Panera Bread Foundation has opened five pay-what-you-can Panera Cares cafes, is now testing how the model works in traditional retail stores with the introduction of a single pay-what-you-want item at stores in the St. Louis, Mo., market.

The item -- turkey chili in a sourdough bread bowl -- is priced at $5.98, including tax, but payment will be optional. The test includes all 48 company-owned St. Louis Bread Co. restaurants, said Linn Parrish

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