Fuse: In the News: WashU alum-founded food donation app partners with Lions Choice
St. Louis startup GiftAMeal is expanding to Kansas City with a new chain restaurant partnership. Washington University in St. Louis alum Andrew Glantz founded GiftAMeal in 2015 while he was still a student.
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It's OK, we all do it: no matter how hungry you are, before you pick up your fork to dive in to your gorgeous plate of food — you grab your phone to snap a picture. Whether you take the photo for yourself, for the likes, for your memory book… what if it could do more? What if that food picture could feed people in need? That’s exactly what Andrew Glantz pictured with GiftAMeal — and he’s making it happen.
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If you’re looking to feel the buzz that comes from being charitable rather than just the sort that comes from caffeine, a Jewish Washington University alum has some news for you. Andrew Glantz, a co-founder of GiftAMeal, an app that allows you to provide a meal to people in need via your social media posts, recently completed a 16-month study with a coffee shop in south St. Louis that demonstrates how the app’s model can benefit both restaurants and food pantries, he said.
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She said adding 58 companies last year was positive. “We all know what last year was about with the pandemic,” Helbig added. “Probably in the second quarter of last year things got quiet when kind of everything was, I guess, somewhat at its peak.” ITEN bills itself as an entrepreneur support organization but usually stays with startup companies longer than similar groups.
Andrew Glantz is the Founder and CEO of GiftAMeal, a mobile app that promotes restaurants while giving back to the community. More than 200 restaurants participate, and more than half a million meals have been provided to those in need through the program.
Startland News: Meal donation app comes to KC: How the phone-eats-first foodie photo trend can help fight hunger
“We’ve wanted to expand to Kansas City for a while now; it was really a matter of timing,” he shared. “We just launched this partnership with Lion’s Choice and their 32 locations. When we saw they had locations in Kansas City, we knew it was the right time to launch there.” Lion’s Choice, a fast food company famous for its roast beef sandwiches, operates five restaurants across Kansas City — a starting point for GiftAMeal in KC, Glantz said.
KMBZ Radio: Kansas City gets "socially conscious" dining app – take a food pic, donate a meal
The idea came to Andrew Glantz over lunch - developing an app that combines our love of snapping photos of our food at restaurants with the ability to make a meal donation to someone in need. "Users download our app for free," Glantz said. "Simply select the restaurant and take a photo of their order, and then we make a donation to help provide a meal to someone in need through one of the local food banks".
The food and technology startup GiftAMeal in St. Louis started on a growth path in 2020. Founded in 2015, the startup had its best financial months in January and February 2020. “Then March struck,” said founder and CEO Andrew Glantz, who refused to disclose certain sales figures. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Glantz wondered whether his startup, a mobile application that provides people in need with a meal every time a user takes a photo in their app at a partner restaurant, would outlast the virus.