Here are some of our favourite impact stories from our charity partners!
“At Youth Empowerment and Support Services, we are so grateful to be able to work with local restaurants through Mealshare. Our history is one of the community coming together to support youth experiencing trauma and homelessness. The funds raised through our Mealshare partner restaurants support our kitchen. Being able to provide healthy and nutritious food for our youth not only fulfills a basic need, it also helps build trust and develop a sense of safety youth feel in our programs.”
Tiffany Sorensen, Program Kitchen Coordinator & YESS Chef
“Mealshare is an essential partner in our effort to ensure food security for homeless and at-risk youth and address a very urgent need, particularly in the current pandemic context. Youth living on the street or in high-risk situations are often undernourished. This can negatively affect their energy level, health, mood and behaviour. At Dans la rue, the cafeteria has been a primary service since the opening of the Day Centre in 1997 and is also a place where youth can interact with counsellors, learn new things and receive the caring and comfort they need. It becomes a gateway to our services and acts as leverage to provide personalized support to homeless youth on their journey towards a more independent and rewarding life. The support of Mealshare is making a positive impact for the youth we serve, both in the short and long-term.”
Cécile Arbaud, Executive Director, Dans la rue
“Operation Come Home couldn’t be more thankful for all of the support from Mealshare, their partnered restaurants and the community members who choose to make their meals a Mealshare meal. Without the support of everyone involved Operation Come Home could not provide such well-rounded, healthy and nutritious meals to homeless and at risk of homeless youth in our city.
The impact that Mealshare has had on our organization is that it allows us to ensure that all youth who access our agency leave with a full stomach and peace of mind knowing that they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”
Elspeth McKay, Executive Director, Operation Come Home