FAQs

What is GiftAMeal?


GiftAMeal is a free mobile app that helps provide a meal to someone in need each time a user takes a photo on the app at a participating restaurant. If a user then shares their photo on Facebook or Instagram, GiftAMeal provides a second or third meal!




How does GiftAMeal provide meals?


The food being distributed is meat, produce, and canned goods that are donated to Operation Food Search by Schnucks, Dierberg’s, Sysco, and more. With each photo taken on the app, GiftAMeal makes a donation to Operation Food Search to cover the cost of delivering 1.2 pounds of food (1 meal) to over 300 local pantries so those in need can access the food in their neighborhood.




How do I use GiftAMeal?


Go to a GiftAMeal partner restaurant and open the GiftAMeal app. Select the restaurant and take a picture. BOOM. A meal is provided to someone in need in your city. But wait, there's more! If you share your photo on social media, another meal is provided (and yet another if you share on both Instagram and Facebook). Last step (and this one is important): pat yourself on the back for a job well done.




How does GiftAMeal give meals to those in need?


Meals are distributed through our wonderful partner food banks: Operation Food Search in St. Louis, Lakeview Pantry in Chicago, and Forgotten Harvest in Detroit. We pay for the refrigeration, transportation, and labor costs to distribute the food to local food pantries where they are distributed to those in need. This costs 11-23 cents, the cost of which is determined individually by each of our partner food banks.




How do I become a GiftAMeal user?


Simply download the app and click the Sign Up button on the Welcome Page when you open the app. Then you can invite your friends by text and email, and we’ll fund the distribution of a meal for each friend that joins!




How do I sign my restaurant up for GiftAMeal?


Please visit our Restaurant Sign Up page. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at info@giftameal.com!




Where can I use the GiftAMeal app?


You can use the GiftAMeal app at any of the 200+ restaurants on the app. Currently, GiftAMeal is partnered with restaurants in St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, and the surrounding areas.




If I am having problems with the app, or have other questions, is there an email address or phone number to contact a GiftAMeal representative?


Yes, we would love to hear from you. You may reach us via the Contact Us form on the home page, at info@giftameal.com, or by phone at 314.656.6244. To fix an issue on your own, try logging out and logging back in. If that doesn’t work, then deleting the app and re-downloading it may fix the issue. Please let us know if you face an issue so that we can fix the bug for everyone else!




Is GiftAMeal offered on Android?


Yes it is! The Android app can be found on the download page.




How much do I have to spend in order to use GiftAMeal?


Spend as little or as much as you want but no matter what GiftAMeal will help provide a meal!




Can I use GiftAMeal even if I got a drink?


Absolutely! GiftAMeal can be used for anything a partner business offers.




Is GiftAMeal a non-profit or for-profit venture?


GiftAMeal is a for-profit social venture that delivers value to restaurants in exchange for a monthly fee. We strongly believe in “profits with a purpose” and as we state in our mission, app users, restaurants, and local communities all benefit from our service. Meals are provided to those in need in local communities, users discover socially conscious restaurants, and restaurants acquire and retain customers. Our “profits with a purpose” structure will allow us to continue to provide this value and expand to reach new regions and communities.




How soon can I go back to the same restaurant and use GiftAMeal?


In order to prevent people from submitting multiple pictures at a restaurant, you must wait 3 hours before using GiftAMeal at the same restaurant.




Do you have to submit the photo while at the restaurant or can you do it after you leave?


You can take your photo while at the restaurant of your dine-in order, or you can take a photo of your takeout/delivery/receipt/gift card purchase from home!