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GiftAMeal CEO and CMO at RECESS St. Louis Regionals

Above: GiftAMeal CEO Andrew Glantz,BSBA’17, and CMO Jacob Mohrmann, BSBA’16, after winning the St. Louis regionals round of the RECESS pitch competition. 

The student startup that has collected several top honors in competitions (including being named a top three student startup at SXSW) is yet again headed to the final round of a national competition.

Olin junior Andrew Glantz, CEO of recently rebranded GiftAMeal (formerly FoodShare), told the Olin blog that the company will head to Los Angeles to compete in the final round of the RECESS pitch competition and Capital Championship on June 8. The startup will compete for a chance at $250,000 after winning the St. Louis regionals round of the RECESS pitch competition.

The company also rebranded in April from FoodShare to GiftAMeal, to better reflect the startup’s buy-one-give-one model.

Olin kudos, Andrew and Jacob!

Andrew Glantz, BSBA’17, launched the FoodShare app Oct. 1 and had more than 50 restaurants signed up for his unique social enterprise that harnesses the power of social media to generate donations to fight hunger. FoodShare is kicking off the new year with news that fast food chain Jimmy John’s will participate in their program.

Jimmy John’s, a sandwich shop with over 2,000 nationwide locations, has partnered with FoodShare in the St. Louis region with six of its franchise locations signed up so far. Glantz said in a news release, “This marks the first chain restaurant on the app, and signals that FoodShare is gaining momentum.”

“We are extremely happy to partner with FoodShare to help feed the hungry in St. Louis,” said Jana Franklin, owner of the six local Jimmy John’s locations that have joined FoodShare. “FoodShare’s unique platform enables our customers to easily help those in need in our own community.

The FoodShare iPhone Application helps St. Louis locals discover and recommend restaurants, while transforming restaurants into social enterprises. Every time a user dines at a FoodShare partnered restaurant, FoodShare donates a meal to someone in need through Operation Food Search. To date, over 60 restaurants have joined and 1,500 meals have been donated.

Join the movement to fight hunger in St. Louis. Download FoodShare on the App Store and FoodShare will donate a meal to celebrate your support.

Links to previous blog posts about FoodShare.

Not long after we met Andrew Glantz, BSBA’17, cofounder of FoodShare (see blog post), he started winning startup competitions that are leading to more competitions, recognition, travel, and award money! Congrats to Andrew and the FoodShare team. Here’s the latest on their winnings:

The Mobileys: A competition for the most innovative mobile app that will make a difference. FoodShare won the People’s Choice Award and a grant for $2,500 as well as an all-expense paid trip to D.C. on December 9-11 to attend business conferences/meetings.

2nd Annual U.Pitch College Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase:       Andrew was selected as one of 24 semi-finalists for the U.Pitch competition in Chicago for December 7th. Sponsored by Future Founders, a non-profit organization that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur.

Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards: Sponsored by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), FoodShare won the regional competition and an all expense paid trip to to the next round, the National GSEA finals in Miami Florida in February. The winner of the National competition moves on to compete at the global finals in Bangkok, Thailand. The regional win also scored these perks for FoodShare: $300 of spending money for the Miami competition; an all expense paid trip to the EO Roundup conference in Houston for 2.5 days of learning and networking; attendance at 4 learning days at the EO Accelerator; sales and marketing training form a local EO member business; and tax returns done by a local EO member’s business.

SLU’s ‘Real’ Elevator Pitch Competition:
FoodShare has been named one of the top 10 “Social Impact” finalists and beat out hundreds of other student submissions from all over the nation. The Final Round takes place Dec. 6 at One Metropolitan Square in St. Louis, MO.
1st Place – $2,500 and an expenses paid trip to SXSW Interactive in Mar 2016
2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $1,000


Andrew Glantz, BSBA’17, launched the FoodShare app Oct. 1 and it’s already a finalist in a contest for startups with a $10,000 top prize. The company that wins the majority of a People’s Choice vote, wins the Mobileys Award. You can vote for Andrew’s app that allows users to donate a meal for every meal purchased at a participating restaurant by clicking here. Voting ends Nov. 13.

Click on image above to watch Andrew’s Elevator Pitch.

10.27.2015--Andrew Glantz, founder of FoodShare, at the Peacock Diner. James Byard/WUSTL Photos

Andrew Glantz, founder of FoodShare, at the Peacock Diner. James Byard/WUSTL Photos

Glantz leverages two big trends with his FoodShare app according to a story from the WashU Newsroom:

Trend No. 1: Charitable consumerism. Popularized by shoe company Toms and eyeglass manufacturer Warby Parker, the buy-one, give-one business model is booming. Consumers love helping others by buying stuff they want anyway.

Trend No. 2: Food photography. These days, our social media feeds are stuffed with photos of our friends’ truffle fries and kale smoothies.

“You’re already paying for your meal; why not fight hunger too?” said Glantz, who is studying entrepreneurship at Olin Business School. “It’s a win for everyone — the community, the users and the restaurants.”

Foodshare appFoodShare launched Oct. 1 and already has donated over 800 meals to Operation Food Search​, which distributes food to St. Louis’ hungry and provides a range of nutrition programs.

The model is simple: Diners use the app to shoot a photo of their meal at any of 55 plus participating restaurants. FoodShare then makes a donation to cover a meal’s refrigeration, transportation and labor costs. Currently, FoodShare is paying Operation Food Search directly with money raised from its successful Kickstarter campaign. Ultimately, member restaurants will pay FoodShare a monthly fee to cover the meal costs.

“Signing on with FoodShare transforms a restaurant into a social enterprise,” Glantz said. “You show that you are a socially engaged member of the community. And you increase your social media presence. There are a lot of branding and promotional benefits.”

Operation Food Search operations chief Craig Goldford says FoodShare promises to be a boost. The nonprofit receives the bulk of its food from food drives and donations from restaurants and grocery stores. Still, it needs money to distribute meals to some 150,000 hungry St. Louisans every month.

“At Operation Food Search, we are constantly striving to find new ways to raise funds and build awareness,” Goldford said. “FoodShare does both.

“In this field, you need to be creative, and Andrew is certainly that. He’s also a great listener. He really took the time to understand what our needs are.”

FoodShare has come a long way since its inception. Glantz, along with partners Jacob Mohrmann, a senior in Olin Business School, and Dartmouth College student Aidan Folbe, originally launched FoodShare as restaurant recommendation app that rewarded users with a check in the mail. However, the initial model failed to reach their growth targets.

In this first model, the team pledged to donate a portion of its proceeds to help fight hunger in the region. However, the partners soon realized that fully incorporating the social mission into the business model would be more effective.

“Giving back to our community is something that mattered greatly to us,” Glantz said. “We always planned to give a portion of our proceeds to serve the hungry. Now, it would be central to our mission.”

Glantz, a foodie and a philanthropist, realized pivoting to a the buy-one, give-one model would simultaneously make FoodShare more engaging and impactful.

Glantz plans to stay in St. Louis after graduation and hopes to expand FoodShare to other markets. He credits his education at Washington University for teaching him to think big.

“We put aside our egos and accepted what we had wasn’t working,” Glantz said. “One thing I’ve learned in my classes here is not to evaluate sunk costs. All of the money and time we invested in the past wasn’t coming back. We could only think about where we could go from here.

“My businesses classes have given me the real-world lessons that I apply everyday. My ArtSci classes are important too,” Glantz said. “Being an entrepreneur requires creativity as well as business skills, and you never know what will be helpful.

“Right now I’m in a political science course and a children studies course. Do I know how those are going to impact me for FoodShare? No. But they will have added and unknown influences to my thinking and perspective.” ​

Newsroom story by Diane Toroian Keaggy