In partnership with the Mealshare social enterprise and A&W fast-food restaurant, the Chateauguay Food Bank is now joining a program to fight food insecurity among youth.
For each Uncle Burger combo with cheddar and bacon sold on Mondays at the Chateauguay A&W restaurant, the food bank will receive $0,80 to complete its food hampers for families with children in need. Customers can also add $1 to any A&W order to participate.
The program seems to come at the right time. The food bank has seen an increase in service subscriptions since the beginning of the pandemic. Although the number had decreased during the summer and fall, it has been growing over the last two weeks, said Chateauguay Food Bank President Marcia McInnis.
“We have a lot of families that have kids and we’ll put that money towards helping [them],” she said. “We’re obviously very appreciative of this program and we’ll do everything we can to help the families.”
Through the project, the organization will be receiving a monthly payment, although the amount will vary depending on how many combos are sold.
All A&W branches across the country participate in the program, which also helps children abroad. For each burger, Mealshare will give $0,20 to international food banks through the Save the Children organisation.
To receive Chateauguay Food Bank services, you can call 450-698-1780 and leave a voicemail describing how many adults and children live in the household.