Camp fYrefly X True Büch

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All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.
— Harvey Milk

This year, in celebration of Calgary Pride, we changed our logos across our social platforms to show solidarity with our LGBTQ+ communities. We were lucky enough to support our pals at Rosso Coffee Roasters with kombucha for their Queer Mixer. We voiced our belief that no matter gender nor sexuality, everyone deserves to feel welcomed and loved. However, we knew there was more that can, and should, be done.

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We also believe that LGBTQ+ communities should be celebrated and supported 365 days of the year. Not just when it is trendy to do so for a ten day celebration.

We are excited to announce Camp fYrefly as our newest community partner. Camp fYrefly is a grassroots organization that provides empowerment, leadership skills, and improves queer youth’s personal resiliency. A portion of our sales from our single serve bottles of kombucha will help to send two queer youth to Camp fYrefly this summer.

We are excited to be able to support an incredible organization that is doing meaningful and influential work for our kids and community.

If you want to learn more about Camp fYrefly visit here, or hear the story of Marissa and her experience attending the camp.

Yours in büch,

Zenabis + True Büch

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True Büch Kombucha is excited to announce that we have signed a Letter of Intent with Zenabis to develop cannabis infused beverages.

This agreement will not be impacting our current delicious kombucha offerings, but rather allow us to innovate with new product offerings and partnerships across Canada.

"Zenabis is emerging as one of the largest cannabis producers in the world according to available growing capacity. We are partnering with best-in-class manufacturers in a variety of sectors, and True Buch Kombucha is no exception," said Rick Brar, CEO of Zenabis. "By bringing together True Buch's expertise in cultured tea beverages with Zenabis' expertise in consumer product development and the science of cannabis, we can offer a high-quality product that taps into growing consumer demand in the beverage category."

"We firmly believe cannabis infused functional beverages, such as kombucha, are the next progressive step forward in this high growth industry," said Conrad Ferrel, CEO of True Buch. "Partnering with Zenabis gives True Buch Kombucha access to the expertise we need to supply the market with high-quality cannabis infused beverages.  It's an exciting time and we couldn't be more pleased with the opportunity to partner with Zenabis and their amazing team."

To learn more visit the full press release here.

Cheers to Good Gut Health and the End of Prohibition from Team True Büch!


Cannabis Industry Leader Zenabis Ltd. signs LOI with Hillsboro Corp Inc., maker of True Buch Kombucha

NEWS PROVIDED BY

Bevo Agro Inc.

Oct 16, 2018, 09:00 ET

Licensed producer Zenabis Ltd. - which is merging with Bevo Agro to become Zenabis Global - signs LOI with Hillsboro Corp Inc., a Canadian cultured tea beverage company known for its True Buch Kombucha.

VANCOUVER, Oct. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - On October 4, 2018, Bevo Agro Inc. (TSXV: BVO) ("Bevo") announced that it had signed an Arrangement Agreement dated October 4, 2018 with Sun Pharm Investments Ltd. ("Sun Pharm") for a reverse take-over of Bevo, and announced its intent to change its name to Zenabis Global Inc ("Zenabis"). Through Sun Pharm'ssubsidiary licensed producer Zenabis Ltd. ("Zenabis"), Zenabis Global Inc. will have nearly 3.5 million square feet of available production space.1

Sun Pharm is pleased to announce that Zenabis has signed an LOI with Hillsboro Corp Inc. ("True Buch") to develop cannabis infused kombucha. Particularly, under the LOI Zenabis intends to work with True Buch to develop and distribute cannabis infused cultured tea beverage products. A definitive agreement is expected to be entered into shortly.

True Buch is a kombucha company with expertise in the creation of cultured tea beverages. True Buch cultured tea beverages are raw, unpasteurized, gluten free and non-GMO, with over 11 distinct flavours. Zenabis and TrueBuch intend to utilize each other's expertise to infuse cannabis into True Buch beverages, creating a cultured tea beverage CBD product.

"Zenabis is emerging as one of the largest cannabis producers in the world according to available growing capacity. We are partnering with best-in-class manufacturers in a variety of sectors, and True Buch Kombucha is no exception," said Rick Brar, CEO of Zenabis. "By bringing together True Buch's expertise in cultured tea beverages with Zenabis' expertise in consumer product development and the science of cannabis, we can offer a high-quality product that taps into growing consumer demand in the beverage category."

"We firmly believe cannabis infused functional beverages, such as kombucha, are the next progressive step forward in this high growth industry," said Conrad Ferrel, CEO of True Buch. "Partnering with Zenabis gives True Buch Kombucha access to the expertise we need to supply the market with high-quality cannabis infused beverages.  It's an exciting time and we couldn't be more pleased with the opportunity to partner with Zenabis and their amazing team."

Zenabis Key Milestones

  • On October 4, 2018 Bevo and Sun Pharm announced the RTO and the intent of Bevo to change their name to Zenabis Global Inc. upon completion of the amalgamation

  • On October 5, 2018, Zenabis released a presentation introducing the combined business

  • As of October 15, 2018, Zenabis has secured purchase orders from government and third party retailers/distributors in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Yukon, and Europe

About Bevo Agro
Bevo Agro is North America's leading supplier of propagated agricultural plants, operating approximately 53 acres of state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities on 98 acres of land in Langley, BC and 20 acres of land in Pitt Meadows, BC. The company has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 10.4 acres of greenhouse space on 50 acres of land in Aldergrove, British Columbia (the "Greenhouse Acquisition"). The Company's main products have been the propagation of vegetable plants such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other plants such as bedding plants, flowers and grasses.  The Company markets its products to established greenhouse growers, nurseries and retail outlets throughout North America.

About Sun Pharm
Sun Pharm has significant experience in agriculture, technology, pharmaceutical sales, consumer packaged goods, international distribution and brand marketing, with cannabis and cannabis-related purchase orders from the provinces of New Brunswick, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Yukon Territory.  Sun Pharm is currently a privately-held cannabis company which has one of the largest, federally licensed indoor medical cultivation footprints in Canada, operating two licensed production facilities in British Columbia and New Brunswick, with a third expected to be coming online shortly in Nova Scotia. These facilities encompass 660,000 square feet of indoor pharmaceutical grade cannabis production space, strategically positioned on Canada's coasts, facilitating national distribution and access to international markets. Sun Pharm is currently working towards globally recognized EU GMP certifications.  Sun Pharm has a management team with decades of experience in the industry, with expertise in retail consumer packaged goods, global pharmaceutical sales and manufacturing, quality assurance, and commercialized cultivation. The growing team has more than two decades of experience in organic cultivation and distribution of herbs and nutraceutical products throughout the Americas, North Africa, and the Middle East.  Sun Pharm's sales team has more than two decades in product development, commercialization, and retail and pharmaceutical sales including international distribution.

About True Buch
Founded almost a decade ago with the goal of creating beverages to improve gut health, True Buch Kombucha brews raw, unpasteurized, gluten free and non-GMO Kombucha. Based in Alberta, the company distributes small-batch Kombucha and is passionate about sustainability, collaborating with local businesses, supporting employees, and adhering to zero waste principles.

For more information,
Follow Zenabis on Facebook @zenabismmj or on Twitter and Instagram @Zenabis
Follow Namaste on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Namaste.com

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1 After completion of planned expansions

SOURCE Bevo Agro Inc.

For further information:

Visit: https://www.zenabis.com.

media@zenabis.com, 1-844-523-8679

How to Brew Kombucha

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What you will need: 

  • Gallon size glass jar
  • 1 gallon of brewed sweetened tea (use 1 cup of organic cane sugar per gallon of tea)
  • SCOBY and 1 cup of liquid from a previous batch of Kombucha
  • Cheesecloth and a rubber band

Instructions:

1.  Prepare the sweet tea. Add 1 cup of organic cane sugar.
2.  Let tea cool to room temperature as hot tea can kill your SCOBY.
3.  Once the tea is cool, pour it into a glass jar, leaving a couple of inches of room at the top. Pour in 1/2 cup liquid from a previous batch of Kombucha or 1/2 cup from a store-bought bottle of Kombucha.
4.  Add the SCOBY and the starter liquid.
5.  Cover the jar and keep tight with a rubber band. Let it sit on a counter or inside a cupboard for 7-10 days. Taste regularly – it should taste tart and sweet.
6.  Kombucha is now ready for a second ferment or for drinking. If you aren't doing the second ferment, pour the kombucha into jars with airtight lids and seal until ready to drink.

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If you’re looking for carbonation, a second ferment is in order:

1.  Get a few bottles with tight caps/seals.
2.  Pour the finished Kombucha into the bottles until about 1 inch from the top. Make sure to leave about 1/2 cup brewed Kombucha in the jar with the SCOBY for your next batch.
3.  Flavour with sliced ginger, berries or other fruit.
4.  Tightly cap the bottles and leave at room temperature for another 2-7 days until carbonated to your taste.
5.  Refrigerate before drinking

Meet Titan

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We love our friends at Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)! They rescue abandoned animals from around Alberta, and with the help of many volunteers and donations, they bring them back to health and into foster care so they can ultimately be adopted into their forever homes. 

When we set up our bottle program, we knew right away that we wanted to partner with AARCS and donate a portion of our proceeds to them.

In 2017, our Ginger Kombucha raised over $2,000 to help the cutest dog ever - Titan - get a much needed surgery. 

Titan was recently surrendered and rescued by AARCS with a badly damaged leg. AARCS soon learned that the leg needed to be amputated, and we were so happy to donate the funds we raised in order to make the surgery possible. 

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It is now a week post surgery, and  Titan is happily recovering. If all goes well after his 2 week check  His personality has changed completely and the sad pup that was rescued a few weeks ago is now a big sweetheart who is getting better each day. 

To help other animals like Titan, and to see when he will be ready for adoption, visit aarcs.ca AND keep drinking that ginger 'Buch! 

Pals x True Büch

 This is Bob Marley, True Buch mascot and PALS super dog.  We volunteer biweekly at the Alberta Children’s Hospital with Bob Marley and it’s both his and our favourite activity! 

This is Bob Marley, True Buch mascot and PALS super dog.  We volunteer biweekly at the Alberta Children’s Hospital with Bob Marley and it’s both his and our favourite activity! 

We caught up with Diana Segboer, the Executive Director of PALS to chat about the organization, what it does for the community, and how others can get involved! Check it out below... 

Tell us a little bit about Pals.

PALS stands for Pet Access League Society. We are an organization that works with over 60 different places across the city to provide pet therapy to anyone from seniors to children. It might be a senior who had to give up their pet when they moved into an assisted living facility or a kid who has had an injury to their limb. Brushing a dog might make them forget about the pain in their arm and get them to move it. PALS is an organization that is more than it appears on the surface, animals visiting the hospital is just scratching the surface, it is so much more than that. 

What is the mission and vision behind PALS?

PALS evolves based on the needs of the people we visit. Our programs are constantly changing to fit the different stresses in the world. Right now we are developing a program called Positive PALS which helps kids who are dealing with bullying in school and a program called Story PALS. Story PALS was designed to help schools deal with reading problems. It is for the kids who need a little extra help developing their reading skills so they don't fall behind. It is a seven-week program that we host twice a year in collaboration with the public libraries. Kids sign up to increase their confidence and reading levels. They sit with a PALS animal and read to them, it's simple but you can see the leaps and bounds the kids make in that 7 weeks. It gives them confidence that is hard to build in traditional settings.

What is your favorite part about working for PALS?

Seeing changes in the faces of the people you go to visit. They could be having the worst day and have no emotion on their face, but when the animals walk into the room you see them light up. In that moment everything that is bad or negative in their world is gone. That animal has taken it all away, they are just living in the moment petting the animal or playing with the animal, their pain is gone and they are happy.

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Tell us one thing people probably don't know about PALS

That we are a charity that is not funded by the government. Since we are in the hospitals and senior homes people think we are funded by the government but we aren’t. We need donations all the time, sometimes it feels like all we do is fundraising. Getting funds through donations and our volunteers is how we keep the doors open. 

Where do donations like the one from True Büch go? How is the money spent in the organization? 

All the donations we receive go to programming. We have 2.5 people on the PALS team whose sole responsibility is to keep the programming going. 

If you want to get involved with PALS or make a donation how do you do it?

If you want to get involved or donate to PALS send Diana a message anytime!
Her email is Diana@palspets.com


This year, because you drank our ginger Kombucha,  we were able to raise close to $1,000 for PALS. Thanks for your supporting both us and PALS! 
Learn more about Pals at www.palspets.com

Bullfrog x True Buch

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We partnered with Bullfrog Power in June of 2016 with the goal to reduce our environmental impact as a company. We got our report card from them last month and wanted to share it with you!

Since partnering with Bullfrog Power True Buch Kombucha has displaced 2.6 tonnes of CO2. That’s equivalent to taking one car off the road for a year.

True Büch has diverted more than 1 tonne of waste from the landfill!

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As a company, we are committed to supporting green energy and reducing our impact on the environment. If you are a business or an individual that wants to learn more about ways you can work towards a renewably powered future be sure to check out Bullfrog Power. 

Banana Büch Muffins by Amita Massey

These muffins are gluten-free, paleo friendly, moist, fluffy and high in healthy days and protein! Who doesn't love the sound of that. Check out what you need to make them and how below.

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Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup Vanilla Chai Kombucha
1/3 cup almond milk
1 super ripe banana (mashed)
3 tsp maple syrup
Shredded coconut or nuts for topping (optional)

Baking Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line 8 muffin tins with non-stick liners.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, coconut flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mash the banana with a fork until it is smooth and no chunks remain. Measure and whisk in the remaining wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together so a smooth batter forms. 
  5. Using a large spoon scoop the batter into the muffin liners so they are about 3/4 of the way full. Optional to sprinkle with shredded coconut or nuts.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through and browned on top.
  7. Cool on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container in the fridge. Will store for 4-5 days and are best served warm with a nice bottle of kombucha!

Photos & Recipe by Amita Massey - be sure to give her a follow! 

Every week should be Earth Week.

This year we wanted to pour some extra attention on Earth Week and what it means for local Calgary. We couldn’t think of a better way to do this than to talk to REAP Calgary about their Be Local Campaign. We sat down with Stephanie Jackman (founder & president) and she filled us in on some great things you can do to get involved in Earth Week this year. 

Tell us a little about REAP:
REAP stands for Respect for the Earth and All People. It’s a community hub made up of 150 local businesses that are committed to being sustainable and responsible in the communities they operate in.  We highlight the businesses that create more good.

What does it take to become a REAP business?

1.     Local ownership. Most locally owned businesses are rooted in their communities. They are more likely to keep their money here and support other businesses around them.

2.     All members must show a commitment to green sustainability in their operations and in their products.

After those two criteria are met, basically any business can be a REAP business. We have bigger participants like ATB Financial and Greengate Garden Centres all the way down to business that are just getting started.

Why did you start REAP?

I was working a corporate, job making big companies bigger. The work I was doing didn’t have the meaning I wanted it to, and I knew that I wanted to make a change.  

It all came to a head when I was at a Lynne Twist conference learning about the Soul of Money. I got inspired by what she was talking about and at the end of the conference she asked everyone to make a declaration, mine was to start REAP.

How will you guys be participating in Earth Week?

It’s REAPs job to connect as many people and business owners as we can with green solutions. A big part of going green is going local because local businesses have a smaller footprint, 15x less than non-local businesses in fact.  We are the voice telling people who they should support and why it’s important.

Every year for Earth Week we run a festival that supports all things local and all things sustainable, and this is our 9th year hosting it. At the festival, you can find local food, local finance, and local social innovation. The festival is an amazing and unique way to connect with the city and find out how you can do a little good.

If you want to participate in this year's festival you have three really great opportunities:  

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Growing Food, Jobs & Hope

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Capital for Cause: Back to Basics

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Innovating for Shared Prosperity

If people can't attend an event how can they get involved with REAP?
People can participate in our Be Local Awards Program that highlights the all-stars in our local network who are doing good. All you need to do is sign up for the REAP weekly newsletter to stay in the know.

Lastly they can check out our business directory and support local sustainable businesses as much as possible.


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50 Cents from every bottle of Blueberry Rooibos Kombucha sold goes towards a REAP, Be Local partnership with a Community Orchard called Grow Calgary. The money donated goes to buy trees, shrubs, and seeds that produce food for those who need it most. 

Anyone can volunteer at the orchard – learn more about it here.

To Leftovers, with love.

 

When you hear that close to half of the food produced in the world goes to into the garbage, a typical response might be to reduce your waste at home. For Lourdes Juan the answer was starting Leftovers YYC - a non profit that distributes food that would otherwise go to the landfill, to those in need .

From the moment we met Lourdes, we knew that Leftovers and Trüe Buch would form a great partnership through our shared values. We sat down with her over coffee to chat all things Calgary and all things food rescue. 

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Lourdes Juan, Leftovers YYC Founder

(Photo by Jean Perron) 

Why did you start Leftovers YYC?
Leftovers was started because I saw that we desperately needed a solution to food waste and food insecurity.  I was at a Cobbs Bread one night with my cousin picking up bread for his church. Cobbs, like most places, won't serve day old food and they had agreed to donate 50 pounds of day old bread. While we were there I found out that they were going to be tossing out 200 pounds of bread that night.  I couldn't just sit back and let that happen so I took it to The Drop In Centre and they said it would be gone by the next day. 

That night the gears started turning and I began looking into who else throws out food and I realized that it was a massive local and global problem.  The thing about food waste is that at some point you have either been guilty of it or have seen it happen. On the flip side of that, most people are also aware of food insecurity. I wanted to find out if there was a way we could operationally take food that was still good from vendors who can't sell anymore and give it to people who are ready to eat it. 

Where does Leftovers deliver food?
We deliver around 3,000 pounds of food a week. There are 55 different food vendors that we work with between Calgary and Edmonton and  deliver to 32 different service agencies across both cities. The food goes anywhere from the Mustard Seed and the Drop In Centre to smaller schools in marginalized areas for the families that go there. 

How big is the Leftovers team?
We are 100% volunteered powered, there is myself and 10 others on the executive team and 155 drivers who make the dream work. We have more people who have done one off pick-ups and deliveries as well.  It takes a village to work around complex issues like this one and we are just scratching the surface. Redirecting food is just the start.

Where do you see Leftovers going?
The company wants to tackle the root cause of food waste and food insecurity. For food waste it starts at a policy level. We have engaged the school of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, where we have a student working on a capstone project trying to wrap her head around where we can engage Leftovers on a bigger level. We need policies that say grocery stores and coffee shops aren't allowed to throw away food, they need to triage it in a way so that it either gets brought to those in need, composted, put into animal feed or something along those lines. 

What organizations are a part of Leftovers in Calgary?
Out of the 55 we have on our list the big ones for us are Blush Lane, Calgary Farmers Market, and  Bridgeland Market.  They have been really supportive of the program. 

Are there plans to bring larger grocery chains into the program?
Of course! It's a little tricky when you are dealing with them because they view the donation as a liability.
There is something called a Charitable Food Donation Act which states that if you are donating food without ill intent, you can donate it without holding onto any liability.  In Calgary all the partnerships we have built were done through face to face interactions and that is hard to do when most larger companies have head offices in other parts of Canada or America. It all just takes time. 

How can people get involved with Leftovers?
Everything is online! We have a volunteer sign-up sheet that you can fill out if you want to help drive food to service agencies.   We try to make every route less than 20 minutes so it's easy for people to commit to.  There is also a place where you can donate money which all goes to funding programs within Leftovers.  In addition to that, all of our executive team can be reached by email if you have any specific questions.  

 

50 cents from every bottle of TrueBüch  Vanilla Chai sold goes to Leftovers YYC. The money we raised this year went to buy a refrigerated truck. This truck allows them to pick up more produce and dairy and distribute it to those in need as well as larger food donations that can't fit into cars. 

 

To Mealshare, with love.

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At True Büch, one of our core values is to reinvest 10% of all our proceeds into community partners and projects we are passionate about. For our Flavour of the Month program, we partnered with Mealshare over a year ago, and with the help of our amazing customers - YOU - we have already provided over 2,500 meals to youth in need!  Mealshare works as a "buy one, give one" model, and in the case of True Büch, every time you buy or fill a bottle of our Flavour of the Month, a meal is provided to a youth in need. It's a win-win! 

We got to hang out with Breanne Sich from Mealshare this week at Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids. While we were cutting up apples for lunches we got to talking about their program and thought it was a story worth sharing…

How did Mealshare get started?
Mealshare started right here in Calgary in July 2013. Mealshare was created by two cousins, Andrew Hall & Jeremy Bryant, who saw an opportunity that could change the way people dine. Our founders were lucky enough to be working for multinational consulting and accounting firms, they felt fortunate about their circumstances but realized not everyone was as lucky. Then they learned that eight million Canadians dine out every single day, while over 200,000 youth are food insecure. They didn’t see this as a reason to feel guilty but rather an amazing opportunity. That’s when they had an idea. What if those 8 million people could help all those youth? What if we could turn dining out into helping out?

Eliminating youth hunger became Mealshare's goal. We know it's audacious so we are taking it step by step; youth hunger can’t be solved in a day, or even a couple years. But what we can do today and tomorrow is add more partner restaurants on, share more meals, and spread the word. If we can keep doing this, we can make a dent in youth hunger both locally, and internationally.

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Why do you think the program has done so well in Calgary?
Calgary is a community. It is a city that lends a helping hand when it is called upon, and often, even when it is not. There is a strong alliance of generous souls here that want to see the city, the people, and the future of both continue to grow. Since inception, Mealshare has been welcomed into Calgary restaurants and organizations with open arms. These partners have invested time, resources, and positive interest into making it such a success.

All of this, coupled with the fact that Mealshare has some of the best restaurants and businesses in Calgary participating in the program, makes it easy for supporters to get involved.

If people want to get involved how can they?
There are a couple different ways to get involved:

1).  Buy True Büch's flavour of the month! Every time you buy or fill a bottle, you will be providing a meal to a youth in need. 

2) Go to a Mealshare partner restaurant and order the Mealshare item! Every time you order the item, you will be providing a meal to a youth in need. 

3)   Volunteer with us! Email Breanne@mealshare.ca for dates on when you can come lend a hand at one of our participating charity partners!

4)   Be a Mealshare ambassador! Encourage others to “dine out, and help out”, volunteer, help promote, etc! Learn more by emailing Breanne@mealshare.ca

5)   Know of a restaurant that may be a good fit for our program? Let Breanne know!