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Logo ShareTheMeal.png
Founded 2014
Founder Sebastian Stricker, Bernhard Kowatsch
Type Non-profit organization
  • Berlin, Germany
Area served
Developing countries
Method Crowdfunding

ShareTheMeal is a crowdfunding smartphone application to fight global hunger through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). It enables users to make small donations to specific WFP projects and to track its progress. As of November 2017, ShareTheMeal has over 920,000 downloads and 17 million meals shared.[1] Google awarded ShareTheMeal as one of the Best Apps of 2016 in the "Most Innovative" category.[2] At Google I/O in May 2017, ShareTheMeal won the Google Play Award for Best Social Impact.[3]


Sebastian Stricker and Bernhard Kowatsch founded ShareTheMeal in April 2014 in Berlin during a sabbatical as an independent startup. Since summer 2015, ShareTheMeal has been officially part of WFP and supported by the Innovation Accelerator of WFP. ShareTheMeal ran a pilot in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the summer of 2015 providing 1.8 million school meals to children in Lesotho - the app’s first fundraising target.[4]

The app launched globally on November 12, 2015 for iOS and Android devices. The global launch campaign raised funds to give school meals to 20,000 Syrian children living in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan for one year. It was successfully completed in less than 2 months.[5]

Between January and April 2016, ShareTheMeal raised funds to support 2,000 mothers and their babies in Homs, Syria, for a full year. In spring 2016, the app raised funds to support 1,400 Syrian refugee children between the ages of 3 and 4 in Beirut. The goals was completed in less than 7 weeks.[6] ShareTheMeal's last operation current was to support 1,500 refugee children in Bar Elias, in the Bekaa Valley, for a full year. Their parents receive vouchers, allowing them to buy food in local shops. By doing so, it can help ensure the children have nutritious meals, a sense of stability and the chance to simply be children.

Starting August 2016, the ShareTheMeal app is fundraising to support the emergency food relief operation in Malawi, following one of the strongest El Niño events on record. The app’s current goal is to provide school meals to 58,000 school children in Zomba, an area in southern Malawi particularly affected by the El Niño drought, for an entire year. ShareTheMeal joins what is set to become WFP’s largest emergency food operation in the country’s history, as Malawi’s already strained food security situation has worsened following this year’s El Niño event that fuelled a major, global food crisis. Across southern Africa, 18 million people will require emergency assistance 一 of these, WFP is planning to reach 11.9 million people with food assistance.The children, aged between 6 and 13 years, will receive a specially fortified porridge, through WFP’s school meals programme that supports the Government of Malawi’s National Social Support Programme. The daily porridge aims to reduce short-term hunger and improve attention span in class, as Zomba is one of the 13 food insecure districts that have the lowest enrolment, highest dropout and repetition rates, and widest gender disparities.

In the first half of 2017 the ShareTheMeal community has: provided school meals to 25,000 children in Cameroon affected by Boko Haram violence, provided 1,000,000 meals for those affected by the Famine in South Sudan, helped fight the Famine in Yemen, supported Syrian refugee children as well as vulnerable children in host communities in Lebanon, and provided school meals to children, worldwide. As of November 2017, the app runs five initiatives internationally: helping Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh, giving school meals to children in Haiti, fighting the Famine in Nigeria, and giving 365,000 meals to 1,000 Syrian refugee children in Jordan for a year.


The donations made through the app go directly to fund WFP operations. ShareTheMeal ensures that payments reach children in need as efficiently and effectively as possible. On average, it costs to the WPF US$0.50 to feed one child for a day. This includes all costs related to feeding the children: foods, transport and preparation of meals, regular monitoring as well as all other relevant costs.

Awards and endorsements

Since launching in 2015, ShareTheMeal has gained public recognition from various organizations and corporations. In November 2015, ShareTheMeal won the Lead Academy’s LeadAward for Startup of the Year.[7] In December 2015, ShareTheMeal was included in Google’s Best Apps of 2015 collection and was part of Google’s 2015 Christmas Theme collection.[8] In March 2016, ShareTheMeal won the Innovation Interactive Award at SxSW for the New Economy category.[9] In April 2016, ShareTheMeal won the People's Voice award at the 20th Annual Webby Awards in the Mobile Sites & Apps Best Practices category.[10] In April 2016, ShareTheMeal was nominated for the Classy Award as One of the Most Innovative Nonprofits and Social Enterprises of 2016.[11] In October 2016, ShareTheMeal won the 2016 Lovie Awards in the Mobile & Applications Best Practices category.[12] In November 2016, ShareTheMeal was awarded 3 Shorty Social Good Awards, including "NGO of the Year".[13] In December 2016, ShareTheMeal was selected by Google as one of the Best Apps of 2016.[14] At Google I/O in May 2017, ShareTheMeal won the Google Play Award for Best Social Impact.[3]

ShareTheMeal was endorsed and supported by several celebrities, including President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz,[15] actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens,[16] soccer player Kaká,[17] and musician Grimes.[18]


  1. ^ "ShareTheMeal on the App Store". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 12 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Google Best Apps of 2016". Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Google Play Awards 2017". Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "ShareTheMeal: Uno-App soll den Welthunger besiegen helfen". SpiegelOnline. June 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "World Food Programme pins hopes on app to nourish 20,000 Syrian children". The Guardian. November 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "UN app to feed Syrian refugee children in Ramadan 2016". Aljazeera. June 2016. 
  7. ^ Cross One - Kiendl-Müller & Wallraven GbR, Hamburg, Germany. "LeadAwards 2015". Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Best Apps of 2015 - Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Interactive Innovation Awards". South by Southwest 2016 Music, Film and Interactive Festivals - Austin Texas. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "20th Annual Webby Awards". Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "2016 Classy Awards". Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "2016 Lovie Awards". Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "Shorty Awards". Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "Google Best Apps of 2016". Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "EP President on Twitter". 
  16. ^ "ShareTheMeal on Twitter". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 12 November 2017. 
  17. ^ "Ricardo Kakà - KKisOn - Share the meal". 
  18. ^ Robehmed, Natalie. "12 Questions With 30 Under 30 Star Grimes". 

External links

  • Official website
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