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 of their order from a participating business. Users can share their photo on social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter), and an additional meal is given for each platform the user selects.




How does GiftAMeal provide meals?


The food being distributed is mainly produce, meat, and dairy products that are donated to food banks by supermarkets and community food drives. With each photo taken on the app, GiftAMeal makes a donation to a food bank to cover their cost of distributing 1.2 pounds of food (1 meal) to a neighborhood pantry where those in need can access it.




How do I become a GiftAMeal user?


Simply download the free app for iOS or Android. To welcome you, a meal is provided to a food bank right off the bat for each new app user.




How do I sign my restaurant up for GiftAMeal?


Please visit our Restaurant Sign Up page and click 'Join Now'. 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 300+ restaurants on the app.




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 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.




Can I use GiftAMeal even if I got a drink?


Absolutely! Your photo can be of food, drink, a selfie, or anything else at that partner business.




Is GiftAMeal a non-profit or for-profit?


GiftAMeal is a for-profit social venture that strongly believes in a “profits with a purpose” model. We aim to help restaurants do well, while also doing good for their communities, creating a win-win. Restaurants get marketing benefits from GiftAMeal while meals are provided to the hungry. This is all funded by a flat program fee paid by the restaurants.




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


In order to prevent spam, 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?


For most restaurants you can take a photo either at the restaurant or at home if you ordered takeout/delivery. However, some restaurants have dine-in photos as the only option.