Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Locally, Mealshare provides meals through shelters and to kids before school. Internationally, we provide lunches to kids in school.
At a shelter, someone might come in for a warm meal when they're hungry. From there, the world opens up to them and they're introduced to services from showers, to shelter, to job training. There are amazing opportunities for growth and many people change their lives with a meal as step one. At Breakfast Clubs in Canadian elementary schools, kids receive nutritious meals before class which increases attendance and learning. In Mali, children who might otherwise not attend at all or might leave at lunch time stay for more classes. In both cases, we're ensuring kids are getting energy and education!
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
So far, in about two years, we've gathered over 200 supportive partner restaurants sharing meals every day. This has resulted in over 500,000 meals donated to people in need! We can't believe how fast it's added up, but it shows how a little contribution each day from a dedicated group of individuals can make a huge difference. Undoubtedly, each of these meals has done more than fill an aching stomach - it's provided energy and motivation, and in many cases introductions to amazing services that can help people break the cycle of poverty themselves - through education, and meaningful work.
If we stopped growing today, but kept consistent operations, we'd provide around 500,000 meals per year, every year, until our operations ceased. This would be without any external funding. At a given size, Mealshare is self-sufficient! Outside funds help us GROW. But we plan to grow. Lots.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Our strategy to spread our model is to continue perfecting and systemizing our model over the next year.
Then, we'll expand our model to the United States and to other cities in Canada through outside funding - from those who want to see our model expand. We'll continue to grow our model and control and manage it in North America.
Once we've systemized our model here, we're excited to white-label it. We'll build a package that allows people in other countries outside North America to run Mealshare programs in their own nations. Through this method, our model will have MASSIVE impact!