On July 1, many people will be celebrating Canada ‘s 150th anniversary at concerts, picnics or festivals with slices of white and red strawberry-topped cake. But not everyone is so fortunate to have a full belly, let alone one that’s full of sweet treats.
Luckily, there’s a new app that can help with that.
Meet ShareTheMeal, an app launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which is now encouraging Canadians to pay for 150,000 meals for hungry children in Haiti just by clicking a few smartphone buttons. This initiative will help to fund the Home Grown Food program, where schools are connected with local farmers for fresh food to feed starving children.
According to George Stroumboulopoulos, the WFP’s first Canadian ambassador, it costs just $4.55 to feed a child in Haiti for an entire week, so it doesn’t take much to contribute. That’s even less than a bottle of maple syrup!
To participate, download the app for free, join team #Canuck and donate funds starting as low as $0.65. You can then post to social media, asking other friends to do the same with the hashtag #ASK1TOASK1.
“WFP’s ShareTheMeal app and the #ASK1TOASK1 campaign provides Canadians with an easy way to share meals with hungry children in Haiti,” said Robert Opp, the director of innovation and change management at the WFP. “Daily school meals allow children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs, feeding their dreams for the future.”
So far, the app has been downloaded over 850,000 times and more than 14 million meals have been dished out worldwide.
This is one digital initiative that’ll make you feel good about celebrating the country’s sesquicentennial birthday.