Do you like to eat out? Do you like to give back to your community? How about if I told you that simply by dining out, you could provide a healthy meal to a youth in need? That’s the concept of Mealshare, a non-profit organisaion on a mission to end hunger founded by cousins Andrew Hall and Jeremy Bryant who came up with the idea at their grandmother’s table, in response to her chastising them to eat their vegetables because children were starving around the world (we’ve all heard that line, right?).
Realising how many CANADIAN youth were going hungry (here in Ontario, the need is great with youth comprising one-third of Ontarians who use food banks, and overall demand is 24% higher today than during the 2008 recession) they officially launched Mealshare in 2013.
Today Mealshare’s goal is that one day we will explain to our grandchildren that hunger used to be a problem in the world. This is obviously a huge goal, which will require massive systemic change. But, already over the last 15 years, the global percentage of malnourished children has dropped from 33% to 25% so the world is on the right track! Mealshare wants to enable and inspire millions of people to join the fight to end youth hunger. Simply… Mealshare wants to use hunger, to end hunger!
To date, Mealshare has provided over TWO MILLION meals to youth in need – pretty amazing, right? Let’s keep that going! I’ll be working with Mealshare over the next few months on some exciting projects – so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can help out by dining out!
How does Mealshare work?
The concept behind Mealshare is simple:
1. Choose a restaurant (currently Canadian Mealshare partner restaurants are located in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal)
2. Look for the Mealshare logo next to a menu item and order it! You’ll receive and enjoy your meal, but you’re also providing one meal to a youth in need. There’s no extra cost or action for you – just buy one, give one!
3. When a partner restaurant sells a Mealshare menu item, they contribute financially to Mealshare, who sends most of those funds to a partner charity to purchase and provide one meal to a youth in need. Mealshare has at least one local charity partner in each city where they operates (in Toronto it’s Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth), and provides half of the meals locally. The other half are provided through their international charity partner, Save the Children
- Mealshare Victoria: Mealshare YYJ
- Mealshare Vancouver: Mealshare YVR
- Mealshare Edmonton: Mealshare YEG
- Mealashare Calgary: Mealshare YYC
- Mealshare Toronto: Mealshare YYZ
- Mealshare Ottawa: Mealshare YOW
- Mealshare Montreal: Mealshare YUL
Where will YOU dine out to help out next?