ShareTheMeal is an app from the World Food Programme that enables people to "share their meals" with children in need. It costs US$ 0.50 to feed one child for a day.

Your shared meals help to provide school meals to 25,000 children affected by Boko Haram violence. The children are between 4 and 13 years old and live in Logone and Chari, in Cameroon’s Far North region. They are currently missing out on school meals because of a lack of funding. Together with the World Food Programme, we can help ensure that these children have access to nutrition and education.

ShareTheMeal is an initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme. Our team is located in Berlin. If you would like to get in touch, email us at support@sharethemeal.org.

Your shared meals help to provide school meals to 25,000 children affected by Boko Haram violence. The children are between 4 and 13 years old and live in Logone and Chari, in Cameroon’s Far North region. They are currently missing out on school meals because of a lack of funding. Together with the World Food Programme, we can help ensure that these children have access to nutrition and education.

ShareTheMeal raises funds to feed people and help build a world with zero hunger. Users can give US $ 0.50 (or more) with a tap in our smartphone app, feeding one hungry child for a day. We call this "to share the meal". The United Nations World Food Programme receives the funds and provides the meals. And in the app we show users where their meals will go.

There are 795 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in nine people do not get enough food to lead an active and healthy life. In fact, hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The good news is that hunger is entirely solvable. And it costs just US$ 0.50 to feed one child for a day.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger. WFP is 100% voluntarily funded, so every donation counts. On average, WFP reaches 80 million people in around 80 countries with food assistance each year. WFP’s administrative costs are one of the lowest in the non-profit sector – 90% of donations go directly to WFP operations working to build a world with zero hunger.

It costs US $ 0.50 for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to feed one child for a day. This is the global average cost, which may vary depending on the region and situation. If actual costs are lower than US $ 0.50 per child and day, monies are, of course, used to feed additional children. Food assistance in developing countries is usually significantly less expensive than in high-income countries. 

The food assistance provided by the World Food Programme depends on the situation.

Cash transfers or vouchers are used to tackle hunger in situations where there is plenty of food in the marketplace but where poor people cannot afford to buy it. In Lebanon, Syrian refugee families receive electronic vouchers or “e-cards”  that can be exchanged for food of their choice in local shops. This boosts the local economy and provides Syrians with access to fresh produce, dairy products, poultry and meats.

In emergencies, WFP often distributes food rations containing staple foods such as rice, bulgur wheat, pasta, lentils, canned food, sugar, salt, cooking oil and wheat flour. Children, who are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, may receive highly nutritious foods, such as fortified biscuits or other foods that do not require cooking.

In more stable situations, WFP often provides school meals. Children are provided with breakfast, lunch or both while in school and may additionally receive take-home rations. For many of the children, these are the only or most nutritious meals they will have all day.

We want to ensure that every child has regular access to food and to achieve a world with zero hunger.

Your shared meals help to provide school meals to 25,000 children affected by Boko Haram violence. The children are between 4 and 13 years old and live in Logone and Chari, in Cameroon’s Far North region. They are currently missing out on school meals because of a lack of funding. Together with the World Food Programme, we can help ensure that these children have access to nutrition and education.

Our mission is to feed the poorest people on earth and to fight global hunger in the most efficient and effective way possible. The vast majority of the world's hungry people live in developing countries.

ShareTheMeal is funded by an innovations grant of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), as well as generous donations from the business community and philanthropists (including significant reductions on financial transaction fees). 

The World Food Programme is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. 90% of all donations go directly towards WFP work to fight hunger.

The starting point for ShareTheMeal is that it is very inexpensive to feed one child for a day. We believe even more people would be willing to help if there was a simple and straightforward way of doing so. This is where the ShareTheMeal app comes in!

Sebastian Stricker and Bernhard Kowatsch founded ShareTheMeal in April 2014 in Berlin during a sabbatical. A large number of voluntary supporters were essential to the further development of ShareTheMeal.

ShareTheMeal is now an innovation project within WFP. The team is located in Berlin, Germany. We’d love to hear from you – drop us an email at support@sharethemeal.org.

We are currently rolling out monthly gifts to ShareTheMeal. We will be making new features available as soon as possible. Update your app regularly to see what’s new!

Credit card companies and banks decline cards for many reasons. To ensure your financial information remains secure, ShareTheMeal does not receive details about why your card was declined. Unfortunately, this means we cannot resolve the problem for you. If your card is declined, please contact your credit card company or bank for help completing your donation.

Your security is of utmost importance to us. Our app is based on modern security standards and we take your security and privacy very seriously, going above and beyond to ensure that your payment information is safe. 

We do not save any user information. All payment data is processed by our partner Braintree/Paypal. Our infrastructure is served via HTTPS, so that your smartphone only communicates with our server over a secure channel. Your financial information is managed securely on our behalf by Braintree, a PayPal company and globally trusted (Level 1 DSS PCI compliant) payments company. 

The app does not retrieve any additional data. All communication is end-to-end encoded (SHA-256 with RSA-encryption). Unintentional donations will be returned immediately. Should you have a question about your online payment, please contact us at support@sharethemeal.org.

For now, donations made via ShareTheMeal are considered to be personal gifts and are not guaranteed to be tax-deductible. However, in several countries authorities may regard them as tax-deductible.

Where possible, we aim to enable tax-deductibility at a later time. Note that the deductibility of donations depends on local regulations in your country.

The World Food Programme (WFP) supports millions of children in need every day. For each meal shared you will hear about a child in need who receives support from WFP. We are working on solutions to provide more direct feedback. However, we also want to make sure that this doesn’t mean that our costs go up.

To enable/disable push notifications on your Android phone, open the settings and tap application manager. Scroll down to ShareTheMeal and select/deselect the “show notifications” option.

To enable/disable push notifications on your iPhone, open your device’s settings and tap notifications. Select ShareTheMeal to enable/disable push notifications.

ShareTheMeal ensures that payments reach children in need as efficiently and effectively as possible. It costs 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. Please note: the US $ 0.50 are a global average, which may vary depending on the region and situation. If actual costs are lower than US $ 0.50 per child and day, monies are, of course, used to feed additional children.

ShareTheMeal’s operating costs are funded by an innovations grant of the WFP, as well as generous donations from businesses and philanthropists.

If you have a question that was not answered here, please email your question to support@sharethemeal.org and we will respond to you as soon as we are able. If we receive multiple questions about a similar topic, we will add that topic to this FAQ so that it is easily accessed by other people.