Launched in 2013, Mealshare uses the “one for one” model to provide meals to people who lack access to safe, healthy, culturally-appropriate food- both internationally and locally. They work with local charities (like The Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre in Toronto) and Save the Children abroad, and in April, provided their 250,000th meal to someone in need.
How Does Mealshare Work?
Well first, you find a participating restaurant (here), and on each participating restaurant’s menu there are one or more dishes that are marked with a Mealshare orange logo. That means, you get to order something you love anyway without paying more for it, while another person in need gets a nourishing, culturally appropriate meal!
The current line up of restaurants on board for Toronto’s Mealshare program include :
Terroni Adelaide, Queen and Yonge
Pizzeria Libretto Ossington, Danforth and University
The Farmhouse Tavern
The George Street Diner
Glory Holes Donuts
Khao San Road
Kris Schlotzhauer (Enoteca Sociale), Derek Juno and Rocco Agostino (Pizzeria Libretto)
The Toronto launch party was held at Pizzeria Libretto Danforth where media, VIPs and restaurant affiliates gathered to sip cocktails and devour pizza. I was jazzed that the featured Mealshare item is my go to Libretto pie, the Duck Confit and Pear.
With 18 Toronto restaurants now on board with this incredible initiative, I highly recommend you give them your patronage and help give others a meal. If you want to find out more about this organization and read up on the participating restaurants, then visit their website here.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.