GiftAMeal Expands to Kansas City: Welcoming Jamie Placht to the Team


GiftAMeal, the St. Louis-based “restaurant charity-tech” startup that trades customer photos for local food donations, just announced its first Kansas City hire: Jamie Placht.


Jamie will serve as Restaurant Relationship Manager and will lead GiftAMeal’s expansion across the Kansas City metro area.


The premise of the GiftAMeal app is simple: each time a customer takes a photo of their order from a participating restaurant, GiftAMeal donates to a local food bank to provide a meal to someone in need. The program is funded by participating restaurants as a mix of marketing and giving back.


Restaurant guests feel good about dining out at participating restaurants and share uplifting photos from those restaurants with friends on social media, while also feeding the hungry locally – a true win-win. GiftAMeal currently works with over 250 restaurants and has provided over 700,000 meals to neighbors in need.


GiftAMeal CEO and Founder Andrew Glantz explained the rationale for expanding: “Kansas City is an obvious choice for us – the community is incredible and Missouri is our home – and we’re ready to put roots down in this great city. With a thriving food scene and a caring population, it just made sense.”


The move was preceded by a “soft launch” in March of this year as GiftAMeal partnered with 32-location fast food chain Lion’s Choice along with Harvesters - The Community Food Network, which provides food and related household items to over 760 nonprofit agencies in the region.


Michael Kupstas, CEO of Lion’s Choice, offered his praise of the do-good-by-marketing app: “I love the message of the program: we all have the power to help those around us! I expect our customers to take some terrific photos, knowing that each one will help put food on the table for a local family.”


For new hire Placht, the opportunity to anchor GiftAMeal’s presence in the market – and help further the work of Harvesters, the region’s premiere food bank – is a dream come true. “I have dedicated my life to community health and combating food insecurity, and I believe GiftAMeal is a great opportunity to further this mission. My hopes for expansion in Kansas City are to mirror what we have developed in St. Louis. GiftAMeal has a real opportunity for impact in Kansas City, given its tight-knit nature, diverse food culture, and the desire to give back.”


Restaurants interested in joining GiftAMeal’s charitable marketing program can learn more at giftameal.com/join. And Kansas City locals can download the free GiftAMeal app at giftameal.com/download.