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Join 200+ restaurants

in healing hunger.

Create a positive impact for your community while promoting

your business.

500,000+ meals provided

35,000+ app users

How does GiftAMeal work?
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Restaurants partner with GiftAMeal and are added to the app.

Takes only 5 minutes!

Customers take photos of their dine-in or takeout on the app for free.

For each photo, we donate to a local food bank to give a meal* to a person in need.

A second or third meal is given if the photo is shared on Facebook or Instagram!

* 1 meal = 1.2 pounds of food (e.g. meat, produce, dairy products, canned goods)

being distributed to a neighborhood pantry where those in need can access it.


App Users

Case Studies

GiftAMeal conducted case studies with Bloom Café and Rich & Charlie’s. To conduct the case studies, both restaurants provided access to their point-of-sale data. Transactions of customers that used GiftAMeal at each restaurant were compared to ones that did not by matching the names on customers' credit card transactions to the names of the corresponding GiftAMeal users. The results were conclusive: it pays to give back!

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17 Month Case Study
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7 Month Case Study
What Restaurants Say
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"It's a classic win-win. It's marketing for the restaurant. At the same time, it's also providing for people who are in need. It's a great way to use people's inclination for social media and do something positive at the same time.”​

John Perkins, Owner of Juniper


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“I think it’s a wonderful way to help in your community. It’s fun, plus helpful. I wish EVERY restaurant participated! Just think....” 

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“The donations made through GiftAMeal have allowed us to expand our reach, providing more people with access to healthy food. We are very grateful to GiftAMeal, its users, and its partner restaurants for advancing our cause.”

Kristen V. Wild, Executive Director

Operation Food Search

Lives Changed

With GiftAMeal, your restaurant can make a significant impact on the lives of people in your community with very little effort on your part. 



“My daughter is 15. The food program really, really helped us. Her grades have gone sky high. We’re in a good place now - we have a house and food and now we’re going to give back.


“Before I got my own place, I was having trouble finding somewhere to eat. I have a daughter now, she just turned one. Everybody is supporting me and I love the support - that makes me feel like I’m going to be a good father.”


“I didn’t realize that people were hungry until I stopped working and retired. You never think that you would end up on food stamps. I never thought it. Even though it’s rough, I’m still blessed.”

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Questions? Contact us

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.

Do I have to commit to a contract?

Nope! You can cancel at the end of any month. If you sign up for a year of GiftAMeal, we do offer a 15% discount since upfront payment gives us the funding to do more marketing.

What do staff have to do?

GiftAMeal is minimal effort for management and staff. It’s all on the customer to take a photo on the GiftAMeal app - staff do not have to do anything to have it work. We can come by a staff meeting to explain the app and provide explanation materials if you like.

Are there any costs to me outside of the monthly subscription?

Nope! GiftAMeal covers all the cost of the donations to Operation Food Search, as well as the cost of materials promoting your involvement in our program.

Why should my restaurant join?

GiftAMeal is a great way to drive customers to your restaurant, while giving back and showing that you care about your community. GiftAMeal has over 30,000 app users who are frequent restaurant goers - in a recent survey, 79% of users reported that they dine out at least once per week. Partnering with GiftAMeal connects you to this active customer base and allows you to fight hunger locally - a true win-win!

How do I join?

It's easy! Fill out the online form here with some basic information about your restaurant, and choose from one of our pricing plans.