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Photo from the Mealshare launch.

Mealshare, a social enterprise for ending youth hunger, celebrates “millionth meal”

By Jenny C. Liu on December 12, 2016

On November 29, Mealshare, a Canadian social enterprise with the goal of ending youth hunger, celebrated reaching its “millionth meal” milestone nation-wide, plus their growth in the National Capital Region, at the Black Cat Bistro.

Founded in 2013, Mealshare works by partnering with restaurants across eight Canadian cities via a “buy one share one” model. This means that when customers order a Mealshare-branded menu item at a participating restaurant, the restaurant donates  dollar to Mealshare’s network of partner charities. This has created an accessible way for people to donate and contribute to their community, while simultaneously supporting local businesses. In the National Capital Region alone, 11,514 Mealshare menu items have been purchased so far from local partner restaurants!

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The two charity partners in the National Capital Region are Operation Come Home and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, and the dollars donated by local restaurants via Mealshare are used to support these charities’ meal program.

At the celebration event, Mealshare also announced that eight additional restaurants in the National Capital Region have signed up for the Mealshare program – one of which made the decision to join during the actual event!

“We’re thrilled to celebrate a truly significant milestone for Mealshare by reaching our goal of providing a million meals to youth in need across this country,” said Andrew Hall, who cofounded the organization with Jeremy Bryant. “It’s been an amazing journey for all of our staff, supporters and partner restaurants and we’re so proud to be a small part of the solution when it comes to ending youth hunger in Canada.”

As we enter the holiday season, consider checking out a Mealshare restaurant partner for your holiday get-togethers with friends, families or co-workers.

You can contribute directly to ending youth hunger in Ottawa by purchasing a Mealshare-branded item at the following local spots:

To learn more about Mealshare, or see ways to get involved, find more info on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.