Save On Meats Token Program = Fucking Genius.

Yes, I said the F word in my blog title but it is well deserved because the Save On Meats Token Program is reaaalllyy incredible. 

Last week I attended an event about solving homelessness in Vancouver BC. The Streetohome Foundation was one of the panelists discussing some of the issues that Vancouver’s homeless experience. We often make assumptions about why people are homeless and often those assumptions are not educated or even compassionate assumptions. These assumptions are the same reason why you might look the other way when someone on the street is asking for help. My friend Frank Giustra , who was also on the panel at this event, wrote a brilliant article discussing these assumptions that we make. Don’t be an ass. Read his article: Fighting Homelessness: Don't Be the Ass in Assuming

At the dinner after the panel discussions, we were all given 3 Save On Meats tokens. Each token could be cashed in at Save On Meats for a hot meal. We were told to give the token to someone in need or to a Vancouver Police officer who worked in that area so they could hand them out while on duty.

Downtown Eastside restaurant Save On Meats (which is delicious BTW- check out the foodporn on their instagram if you don't believe me) started the token program in 2012. Anyone can purchase tokens at their restaurant or through one of their nonprofit partners who will also hand out the tokens on your behalf.

Since 2012, this program has delivered over 55,000 hot meals to people in need. The tokens can be purchased for $2.25. See…. fucking genius.

I have decided that I am going stock up on tokens so I can hand a few out when I am out and about in the downtown Vancouver area. Not only does it feel so good to give back, it’s also a good way to put your mindless overspending into perspective. I tend to overspend on eating out. It will be 2:30 in the afternoon and I will decide that I need a $12 organic juice with all the extra additives because that 1 teaspoon of MCT oil is going to make all the difference to my health!!  Anyways, if I didn’t get that juice but bought tokens instead, I could feed about 5 people. The emotional ROI on giving vs. mindless overspending on something that I don't care about an hour later is sooo much greater.

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So, the next time you're about to spend like an entitled millennial (whether you're a silver spooner or hood rich... or maybe you make good money but let’s face it, it’s expensive AF to live in Vancouver so you're probably still hood rich) think twice and calculate the opportunity cost on those funds. 

Let me prove my point....

1  $12 organic juice   OR   feed 5 people

1  $9 extra hoppy craft beer   OR   feed 4 people

1  $18 award winning mixologist’s custom cocktail   OR   feed 8 people

Who’s ready to try out this with me? Check out the link below to learn where you can pick up tokens.  http://saveonmeats.ca/token-program/

Good Luck! 

💸  Chantel  💸

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