ShareTheMeal is an app from the United Nations World Food Programme that enables people to "share their meals" with children in need. With US$ 0.80, we can feed one child for a day.

Our team is located in Berlin. If you would like to get in touch, email us at support@sharethemeal.org.

Your shared meals will help a child in need. Together with the World Food Programme, we can help ensure that children in need will have access to nutrition. Inside of the app, you can select where you want to help between multiple countries by swiping to the left on the bottom of the home screen.

ShareTheMeal raises funds to feed people and help build a world with zero hunger. Users can choose where their donation will help, and give US$ 0.80 (or more) with a tap in our app. The United Nations World Food Programme receives the funds and provides the meals. In the app, we show users how their meals are fighting hunger.

There are 690 million people who do not get enough food to lead a healthy and active life. As the world continues to see an increase in conflict, climate change and economic instability, the rate of hunger is accelerating.

The good news? Hunger is entirely solvable. With US$ 0.80, we can feed one child for a day and invest in helping even more children in need.

Assisting almost 100 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organisation saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

62% directly feeds families in need. 28% will be invested into fundraising and marketing to grow our community so that we can help even more people. 6% will still be used to help run our organisation and 4% will continue to help cover payment fees.

As we grow, we’ll be able to cover our costs while increasing the amount that goes directly to hungry families. In line with WFP’s strategic plan, an average of 22% will be spent on fundraising from 2020-2030.

The world is seeing an increase in conflict, climate change and economic instability — accelerating the rate of hunger. Now, more people than ever need lifesaving food assistance. To meet this growing need, the World Food Programme needs additional resources and funding.

The updated cost of a shared meal will enable us to invest a portion of donations into fundraising and marketing so that we can grow our community of givers, the amount of meals shared and the number of hungry people we can help.

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. Cash transfers empower people to make decisions about the foods they wish to buy. Findings show that this improves their food security and overall well-being. By enabling people to buy food and other items locally, cash can also help strengthen local markets, encourage smallholders to be more productive and build national capacities.

In emergencies, the World Food Programme is often the first on the ground, providing food and other assistance to the victims of conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and pandemics. In these situations, 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.

WFP is also the largest humanitarian organisation providing school meals. School meals improve children’s nutrition and health, while also increasing access to a potentially life-changing education. They are also a strong incentive for parents to send their children to school, reducing risks such as child labour and early marriage in some countries. WFP buys food locally where possible, with home-grown school feeding in turn increasing incomes for smallholder farmers.

We want to ensure that every child has regular access to food and to achieve a world with zero hunger. Together, we believe that we can be the generation that ends global hunger.

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.

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. You can also find out more about ShareTheMeal at https://sharethemeal.org/.

You can share the meal as part of a team and fight hunger together with friends, family or colleagues! You can search for teams in different ways: Either type the name of the team you are looking for in the search bar located in the donation picker or do the same from the community tab. You can also check suggested teams on the community tab. You join a team by making a donation in the name of this team. For each individual donation you can decide which team the donation should be attributed to.

The mention or omission of specific companies, their products or brand names does not imply any endorsement or judgement on the part of the World Food Programme.

There are several options to create a team: Tap the search bar located in the donation picker. This will take you to a page where you can create or search for a team. You can do the same from the community tab. Each team has a team profile page with a default team icon and description. To customise a team profile (picture and description) or to set up a challenge, please contact us through email (support@sharethemeal.org). From the team profile page, you will be able to share information about your team on social media and invite your friends to join the team.
Challenges are individual goals defined for a team. Teams can fundraise for specific challenges they want to achieve as a team (e.g. pledge a birthday or wedding to ShareTheMeal). A challenge has a start date and can either run open-ended or finish on a specific date. Teams can opt to define a target for their challenge (number of meals shared) but this is not obligatory. Each team can only have one challenge in place at any given time.
Users unlock achievements with specific actions on the ShareTheMeal app. For example, users who give monthly receive the “Karma” achievement and users who connect with Facebook receive the “Social Butterfly” achievement.

Yes, you can give monthly to help feed a child in need. Tap "Monthly" at the top of the donation screen, then select how many children you want to help monthly. You will be notified via email each month when your payment is collected.

The Table is a monthly giving community that connects members with their impact through updates and stories from a paired family in the field. Members will receive premium content about where and how they are investing in a zero hunger future.

You can become a member of The Table by giving monthly (selecting ‘Monthly’ in the donation screen). From here, you will be directed to provide your contact and payment information.

Yes, each month, when part of The Table, you will be connected to a unique family. To protect the identity and privacy of the families, the names and locations may be changed.

At this time, ShareTheMeal virtually matches each monthly donor with a unique family receiving WFP food assistance. Each beneficiary family will be connected with only one donor. At this time, funds are transferred to the respective project. In future, donations may be allocated to a unique family.

You can follow the progress of funding in the app to see how many meals have been shared by the community. For one-off donations, we show donors stories and photos of children we are helping together. When giving monthly, members will receive updates about a unique family.

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.

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.

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 payment.

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.

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.

Some card issuers may request additional steps to verify your identity. These steps depend on your bank and may include fingerprint, text message or an additional password. The ShareTheMeal app will help you navigate through these steps.

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 possible. 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.