Written By Kaitlyn Rosenburg Causes / Folks / Victoria May 5, 2014 Mealshare Starts Sharing in Victoria SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestWould you help someone in need just by dining out? If the answer is yes, finding a reason to eat out in Victoria just became easier. Local non-profit Mealshare expands their restaurant lineup this month with nine more participating establishments.Launched in Victoria last October (it can also be found in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton), Mealshare has a simple premise with a major reward. For every Mealshare-selected dish ordered, the restaurant provides a meal to someone in need. In Victoria, local meals are served through Our Place and international meals through Save the Children Canada.Andrew Hall, a recent UVic graduate, founded Mealshare with friend Jeremy Bryant in 2013. Hall initially developed the one-for-one meal structure during an entrepreneurial course in university. There he met Derek Juno, now the third member of Mealshare. They wanted to capitalize on the one-for-one movement made popular by Tom’s Shoes, but weren’t interested in the risks associated with opening a new restaurant.Diners will now be able to give a meal when ordering a meal at Camille’s, Ca Va, both Floyd’s locations, The Mint, North 48, Bubby’s Kitchen, AJ’s Organic Café, and Yates Street Tap House. The nine new restaurants join an already impressive collection of participants, including Zambri’s and the Canoe Brewpub. Mealshare is also available through Toque Catering (read our article on them here)Restaurants involved typically select at least two menu items to receive the Mealshare designation. Hall’s found restaurants like to select already popular items, keen to provide as many meals as possible. Diners don’t gain any additional costs as the restaurant provides the meal donation. “We’ve found restaurants have wanted to implement similar programs, but just haven’t found the time,” says Hall. “They want to make a difference.”So far, their idea has paid off. Mealshare receives no outside funding and has already become self-sustaining. They’ve focused on recruiting top restaurants, hoping to set a precedent others can follow.Currently, Mealshare feeds 300-400 meals per restaurant per month, a number sure to rise with expansions planned for the future. “Restaurants in Western Canada really like it. We have the opportunity to make a huge impact by expanding,” says Hall, who sees Eastern Canada or the United States for their next possible Mealshare market.“We’ve built a model that makes social sense, but also makes business sense,” says Hall. “It’s totally paid off. We feel great about what we’re doing. It’s been an awesome year.”For restaurants and diners wanting to get more involved, visit Mealshare’s website or connect with them on Twitter and Facebook. Their website also tracks how many meals individual restaurants have provided to date. Overall, they’ve served over 32,000 meals to those in need.TwitterFacebookmealshare SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Kaitlyn Rosenburg Kaitlyn Rosenburg holds a BFA in creative writing with a minor in journalism and publishing from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in local publications such as The Martlet, as well as national publications like ... Read More You may also like Causes / Longform November 3, 2017 The Politics of Food – Part 1 In the next three issues, food writer Jill Van Gyn investigates the complex web of beliefs, values and opinions surrounding our food and its sources. ... Read More Causes / Victoria August 28, 2017 Vikram Vij Helps Raise Funds with Dinner for Power To Be Vikram Vij leans in beside me on a soft, teal chair on the stunning waterfront patio. The large outdoor kitchen behind us conjures images of ... Read More Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Awards / Causes November 13, 2016 Gold Medal Plates BC To Take Place Nov. 17 in Victoria GOLD MEDAL PLATES B.C’s COMPETING CHEFS FOR 2016! Victoria – 2016 is an Olympic year and B.C.’s Gold Medal Plates will be celebrating ... Read More Causes August 25, 2016 Support women’s education, buy Les Dames wine! Proceeds to @lesdames scholarships August 22, 2016 – BRITISH COLUMBIA – It is high time that the dynamic women in British Columbia’s evolving wine industry get the recognition ... Read More Causes / Chefs March 16, 2016 Syrian-Inspired Dinner at Cook Culture to Help A New Victoria Family One chef, three hours, seven dishes, and an exciting introduction to Syrian cooking. Well known local Chef Cosmo Meens is pairing up with Cook ... Read More Comments are closed.