In the News: GiftAMeal Expands Reach with Grants and New Partnership | WashU fuse


Our friends from the social impact startup GiftAMeal were recently in the spotlight for their achievements in the fight against food insecurity.

Using social media for social good, the GiftAMeal app makes donations to local pantries whenever a customer at a partner restaurant takes a photo of their meal on the app. Additional donations are made when photos are shared on Facebook or Instagram. WashU alumnus Andrew Glantz is the co-founder and CEO of GiftAMeal.

The company recently announced a new partnerboat with the Missouri Restaurant Association (MRA) To allowis lying MRA member restaurants to join the GiftAMeal program at a reduced rate. GiftAMeal has also committed to donate to the MRA Education Fund for each MRA member institution that joins. The GiftAMeal app has 40,000 users and has already provided 650,000 meals to those who need it. It is Glantz’s hope that the This partnership will further extend the impact of GiftAMeal.

The MRA partnership isn’t the only big news from the company: as stated in the Saint Louis post-expedition, GiftAMeal is one of two companies to receive $ 100,000 from Arch Grants as part of the organization’s new Growth Grants program. Arch Grants is a non-profit organization that provides non-capital grants and pro bono services to entrepreneurs starting businesses in Saint Louis. Its Growth Grants program is designed to further support businesses that have already received funding from the organization. Companies that receive funding from the Growth Grants program must match the grant with at least $ 200,000 in outside funding. GiftAMeal, which received its first round of funding from Arch Grants in 2018, plans to use the new grant to expand its staff.

While most of GiftAMeal’s 250 participating restaurants are located in the St. Louis and Chicago areas, Glantz hopes the company will experience further national expansion in the future. Based on the recent achievements of the company, that future may not be far off.

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