Mealshare and A&W Canada announce partnership

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A great program – Mealshare has been announced that will help the Salvation Army Foothills meet some of its goals.

Mealshare and A&W Canada announced a momentous national partnership to help end youth hunger.

For every Mealshare Item purchased at an A&W location, one simple healthy meal will be provided to a youth in need.

The Foothills Salvation Army and Breakfast Club of Canada and Aldersyde will benefit from this partnership.

“We are very much looking forward to this partnership. Thank you to A&W and the Mealshare program for making this happen, these contributions to our food bank will be a great asset as we move forward this year,” said Lt. Chad Cole of the Foothills Salvation Army.

Here is some more info about the national program.

The partnership has a goal of sharing 1,250,000 meals per year. All of A&W’s locations are participating – 1,000 locations stretching across the entire country. Meals are provided through Mealshare’s network of 450 local charity partners across Canada. 80 per cent of Mealshare’s financial support stays in local communities where the Mealshare Item was purchased, and 20 per cent goes internationally to Save the Children.


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How the program works for A&W customers:

On ‘Mealshare Mondays’, customers can order a Cheddar Bacon Uncle Burger Combo and one meal will be provided to a youth in need through Mealshare. Any day of the week, customers can “Make it a Mealshare” by adding $1.00 to their order. When customers do this, one meal will be provided to a youth in need through Mealshare. Customers can participate in-restaurant, through drive-thru, or by using the mobile app.

“Our national partnership with Mealshare will help us make a bigger difference with our operators and their teams across the country. Local franchisees from coast to coast are excited to be a part of this program because they’ve seen first-hand the needs in their communities and how these programs can provide immediate benefit and support,” says Susan Senecal, Chief Executive Officer at A&W Canada.

“No child should ever go hungry, especially in a country like Canada, so we’re thrilled that we can be a part of this initiative.”

Lt. Chad Cole said that this is big news for the Salvation Army here in the Foothills after their biggest fundraiser of the year – the Salvation Army Kettle Bell campaign was ended early because of COVID-19. They were on the path of raising their goal of $110,000 but didn’t quite get there.

“Thankfully we were still able to raise $93,000 and it will still be a great help to our family services this year, but not just quite where we were hoping to be,” he said.

“This partnership with A&W and Mealshare is a dependable source of revenue to come in, which will hopefully fill in some of the gaps that are missed because of COVID.”


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“It’s fantastic.”

Mona Pinder, who runs Mealshare in Southern Alberta is happy this program will benefit the Salvation Army and Breakfast Club of Canada.

“Our main goal is to end youth hunger,” she said

“We know the Salvation Army and Breakfast Club of Canada do great jobs supporting families in need and that fits in our goal with ending youth hunger.”

About Mealshare – Mealshare believes nutritious food is essential for all children, especially when 1 in 5 children are food insecure in this country. We are committed to creating a world where it’s easier to share with those in need, and every child and youth is fed as a result. We won’t stop until we’ve seen the end of youth hunger. Mealshare was founded in 2013 with four partner restaurants in Alberta. Now, the organization has expanded to 1200+ restaurants across Canada and partnering with A&W Canada is the next milestone for the organization. Our social enterprise has provided over 3.8 million meals since inception, with our simple “Buy One, Give One” model. Canadians can purchase a Mealshare menu item at a participating restaurant and one meal will be donated to youth struggling with hunger through our network of local city charity partners and our international partner, Save the Children Canada. For more information, visit our website at

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