Thrive Global: Andrew Glantz of GiftAMeal: “Aim high but create contingency plans”
Aim high but create contingency plans. Ambition is great and keeps you going towards the moonshot goals, but in startups a lot of the time things don’t turn out as planned. Having contingency plans allow you to not fail and be done, but turn failures into learnings that accelerate your growth.
"I came up with the idea when I was at an internship at a venture capital firm one summer and I was at a lunch break at a nearby restaurant with the other intern and we were talking about how people love to support socially conscious restaurants."
In episode 54 of the Charity Charge Show, Stephen speaks with Andrew Glantz, Founder and CEO of GiftAMeal, whose mission is to empower people to fight hunger in their community while supporting local businesses.
Silicon Prairie News: Companies find ways to fight hunger using technology in the Midwest
Since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions began in March, Nebraska’s yearly unemployment rate has risen from 3.1 to 5.2 percent, bringing on a tidal wave of new families in need of basic necessities. Luckily, this surge of needs has been followed by an outpouring of community support.
Wired For Youth: How To Acquire Customers By Asking For Advice With Andrew Glantz
I started the company while in college as a way to support restaurants and my community. I put my savings into it, hired an app developer, went door-to-door, asked a ton of people for advice, and continually learned and iterated!
GiftAMeal is a photo sharing restaurant review app that partners with local restaurants. They engage users by making the socially conscious choice to donate a meal every time a user takes a photo at a participating restaurant. They raised $200K in August of 2020.
Next City: Hackathon Finds Solutions to Food Insecurity
In September, global Living-Centered design firm CannonDesign hosted a “hackathon,” uniting dozens of the finest minds working on the issue in the St. Louis metro region to put their heads together to formulate possible solutions and remedies.
GiftAMeal, a company cofounded and directed by CEO Andrew Glantz, reached a new milestone last month. On Sept. 1, the company announced that its mobile app had provided half a million meals to those in need through its partnerships with more than 200 restaurants.