Youth in need in the Hawkesbury area will benefit from a program launched by Mealshare and A&W Canada to help end youth hunger.

Mealshare, a national enterprise on a mission to help end youth hunger, announced its partnership with A&W last week. For every Mealshare item purchased at an A&W location, one healthy meal will be provided to a youth in need. Eighty per cent of Mealshare’s financial support stays in the local community where it was raised, while 20 per cent goes internationally to Save the Children.

Locally, Mealshare has partnered with the Hawkesbury Central Food Band to distribute meals in this region. All Mealshare items purchased at the Hawkesbury A&W franchise will provide funds for the Hawkesbury Food Bank to feed a local youth in need.

“Every time a Mealshare item is purchased – or someone makes it a Mealshare item – those funds will go to the Hawkesbury Central Food Band through Mealshare,” said Valerie Ellah, Ottawa Community Leader for Mealshare. “A&W will tell Mealshare how many items they sold for the previous month and then we will send the funds directly to the Hawkesbury Food Bank.”

The partnership has a goal of sharing 1,250,000 meals across Canada, with 1,200 as the target in Hawkesbury. All of A&W’s more than 1,000 locations in Canada are participating in the program.

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. On any day of the week, customers can ‘Make it a Mealshare’ by adding $1 to their order. Customers can participate in-restaurant, through drive-thru, or by using the mobile app.