The Hawkesbury Central Food Bank and A&W have teamed up locally to provide 246 meals for area youth in need, through the restaurant’s Mealshare program.

Mealshare, a national social enterprise on a mission to help end youth hunger, partnered with A&W Canada in February 2021. All 1,000-plus A&W locations across Canada are participating in Mealshare, with the goal of sharing 1,250,000 meals per year.

A&W Canada and their guests have already shared over 400,000 meals with youth in need through Mealshare’s network of more than local charity partners and Save the Children Canada. The partnership is on track to surpass half a million meals shared this month. More than 200,000 of the meals have been provided through voluntary guest donations.

The Hawkesbury A&W has shared 246 meals with area youth in need so far. The meals have been distributed by the Hawkesbury Central Food Bank.

Starting June 14th, A&W Canada will refresh the Mealshare Monday campaign with a new feature item – the Beyond Meat Burger. On ‘Mealshare Mondays’, customers can order a Beyond Meat Burger and one meal will be provided to a youth in need through Mealshare.

Customers also have the opportunity to help fight youth hunger any day of the week through the “Make it a Mealshare” program. When customers “Make it a Mealshare”, $1 is added to their bill and then a meal is provided to a youth in need through Mealshare on their behalf. Customers can participate in-restaurant, through drive-thru, or by using the mobile app.