Dining out is helping out

MealShare program to help end hunger

By KIRAN MALIK-KHAN, Connect Contributor

Famoso restaurant at the Fort McMurray International Airport has partnered with the MealShare program with a goal to raise $20,000. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Famoso restaurant at the Fort McMurray International Airport has partnered with the MealShare program with a goal to raise $20,000. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Their goal is “Dining out and helping out,” and with over 500,000 meals served already, MealShare is now creating partners in Fort McMurray. The Canada-wide non-profit organization has a goal to end hunger, and has partnered with Original Joe’s and now Famoso to help feed the hungry.

From now until December 31 for every jar of Famoso Authentic Campania Tomato Sauce sold, Famoso will donate net proceeds to MealShare with a goal to raise $20,000.

Jeremy Bryant, co-founded MealShare in 2013 along with his cousin, Andrew Hall. The duo was enjoying a comfortable lifestyle working for multinational consulting and accounting firms when they realized not everyone was as lucky as they were.

“We wanted to give back. And, now we run Mealshare full-time. Our goal is to end hunger, and the program is simple: “Buy one, give one.” We have partnered with 250 restaurants already across Canada. By ordering a Mealshare menu item, you choose to feed a hungry individual. We are happy to support the Wood Buffalo Food Bank,” explained Bryant during a phone interview from Edmonton.

Crystal Reid, Manager, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, which has a location inside the Fort McMurray International Airport, says there were multiple reasons for partnering with Mealshare.

“For every jar sold, we will donate net proceeds to MealShare, our promotional partner, who will facilitate meals to local charity organizations right here in Fort McMurray. The program is important to us as it’s our major charitable initiative for the year and helps people in need.”

“For every jar sold, we will donate net proceeds to MealShare, our promotional partner, who will facilitate meals to local charity organizations right here in Fort McMurray. The program is important to us as it’s our major charitable initiative for the year and helps people in need. We don’t keep any of the proceeds raised – it all goes towards feeding hungry people in our communities,” notes Reid.

“People simply love the idea of taking a little bit of Famoso home to their own kitchen and knowing that buying a jar of Campania Sauce to enjoy with their own family, allows another family right here in Fort McMurray to put a meal on their table as well. Fort McMurray has always been a very generous community and last year we actually had 25 regulars from camp buy 25 jars of sauce and donate it back to the Wood Buffalo Food Bank,” she added.

“It makes us feel good as a restaurant to know that we are in partnership with such an awesome organization who makes it so easy to help people in need. Simply buying a jar of sauce for your own pantry is such a simple and easy way to help out, especially this time of year when money can be tight for everyone. We love Fort McMurray, and want to give back in any way we can.”

Bryant is “super excited” about the partnership. Thus far, the group has partnered with 10 charities across Canada such as Save the Children International, Youth Empowerment Support Services (YESS) in Edmonton, and more.
The team is working hard, and is on the “Road to One Million,” a campaign endorsed by many celebrities like Don Iveson, the Mayor of Edmonton, Arlene Dickinson of Dragon’s Den, Andrew Ference, Edmonton Oilers’ Captain, and Hayley Wickenheiser of the Canadian Women’s Hockey team to name a few.

And, with one in six people hungry, but enough food in the world to support everyone – MealShare makes it easier to combat this allocation challenge.

To donate, or learn more visit: www.mealshare.ca.

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