HUMBOLDT — Buying a mushroom mozzarella combo at A&W will help provide a meal to a youth in need in both Humboldt and around the world.
Mealshare is an organization that helps restaurants administer a buy-a-meal give-a-meal program at no extra action or cost to the customer. From Oct. 28 to Dec. 1, a portion of the proceeds from a mushroom mozzarella combo will go to the Humboldt and District Food Bank as well as Save the Children Canada.
“It’s the first time we've ever worked with them and being a fairly small nonprofit. That's super exciting for us to work with a big, trusted national brand like that,” said Andrew Hall, the co-founder of Mealshare.
“When they kind of asked their franchisees who wanted to be the one to first try out Mealshare for A&W, it was Saskatchewan franchisees who put their hands up and said they want to do it, which is super cool.”
Mealshare and A&W said they hope to share over 15,000 meals with youth in need through this campaign.
Hall co-founded Mealshare along with his cousin Jeremy Bryant.
“We grew up together in Calgary and we're always taught by our family growing up to finish our food because there was starving kids out there who would love to have it and we were super lucky,” he said. “As a kid, you maybe don't understand that totally, but I think those values really stuck with us.”
In 2013, both were working multinational consulting and accounting firms, but they felt like they wanted to have a greater impact on the world.
Their first idea was to open our own restaurant, where every item would provide a meal to a youth in need, but they quickly realized that wouldn’t be as easy as it sounded, so they decided to bring that concept to existing restaurants.