Cousins Jeremy Bryant and Andrew Hall believe that everyone should have access to a good meal, something that is a luxury for some. Volunteering here in Calgary with inner city organizations was eye-opening for them: “There are people right here in our city that don’t have access to food, and they need our support.”
Bryant and Hall decided to offer people that support – in the form of their new, non-profit organization Mealshare. This program, which was only launched in Calgary on July 19, has already taken off.
Local restaurants Dairy Lane and Blue Star Diner are both participating in the program. “The Mealshare logo is printed next to a few menu items,” says Bryant. “The restaurants give us a portion of their proceeds when these dishes are ordered, which we use to give to our charitable partners.” Mealshare works with the Drop In Centre here in Calgary.
But Bryant isn’t just making a difference here in Calgary. The entrepreneurs are amibitious: Mealshare has already expanded to Edmonton, and at the end of this week, it will also be in Vancouver. Bryant says, “We’re keen to get more and more people excited about Mealshare. We have lots coming up in the next few weeks and months.” With draws for gift cards, promotional videos and more restaurant partnerships, the Mealshare duo are off to a very successful start.