Mealshare, a new non-profit that provides meals for people in need, has expanded its Calgary reach with nine restaurants joining the program.

Now when you dine at Brava Bistro, The Fine Diner, River Café, Open Range, Big Fish, Smuggler’s Inn, Bolero, Tango Bistro or Open Sesame, and order a menu item with a Mealshare logo next to it, you’ll get your meal just like you normally would, and Mealshare will provide one meal for someone in need too.

The Blue Star Diner and Dairy Lane Café are already Mealshare partners.

“This is by far our biggest launch ever,” said Jeremy Bryant, one of Mealshare’s founders.

“It’s a unique customer experience. You don’t really need to do anything different. You just order your meal like normal and get to know that your meal is going to provide somebody else a meal as a result.”

Here in Calgary, Mealshare provides food for the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre. The non-profit also supports the Children’s Hunger Fund.

Mealshare began in July 2013 after cousins Jeremy Bryant and Andrew Hall saw a way to help feed people in need. On trips to Mexico as kids, they had seen how many hungry people there were and then realized how hunger was also affecting so many people in their own cities. Both were working in the corporate world, but they decided to turn something we all do – dining out – into helping out.

In its short timeframe, Mealshare has already provided over 10,000 meals and grown from Edmonton and Calgary to Vancouver and Victoria as well. They now have 30 partner restaurants.

Mealshare Menu Choices

Brava Bistro

Lunch
Cheese Plate
Chef’s Salad
Carver Sandwich

The Fine Diner

Breakfast
Salmon Frittata
Lobster Benny

Lunch
Meatloaf Sandwich
Tomato Salad
Fresh Fruit Turnover

River Cafe

Red Lentil Hummus

Open Range & Big Fish

The specials of the day will be Mealshare items

Smugglers Inn (Lunch & Dinner)

New York Steak
Prime Rib (#2 – First Mate’s Cut)

Open Sesame (Lunch & Dinner)

Ginger Beef or Ginger Chicken Rice Bowl

Bolero (Sunday Brunch)

Every adult meal served for Sunday Brunch will provide one meal for someone in need

Tango Bistro (Lunch & Dinner)

Wild Boar Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin
Trio of Dips
Wonton Crusted Prawns

Blue Star Diner

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Dairy Lane Cafe

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