Here at Matador, we strive to better ourselves and the surrounding community every day. We believe that even the smallest steps can add up to make a big difference.
We continue to remain heavily involved within the community and the general Northwest to this day, serving community centres, elementary, junior, and senior high schools, University Campuses and Hospitals. On top of all of this, we also lend our hand in helping with a multitude of fundraisers for teams on a yearly basis by dedicating evenings where a portion of pizza sales are donated to the team, or by offering door prizes for raffles. Our involvement within the community does not go unnoticed, and the gratefulness can be seen by the many thank you letters and photos that we receive from those we help out.
Matador also has partnerships with a few charities on food items within the restaurant. In house, we have our ‘Charity Pint’ partnership with Original 16, where 25 cents of every pint poured goes toward a different charity each year. In the past, the charities have included the Ronald McDonald House, and the Helping Families Handle Cancer Foundation. This year the donations go toward Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids. Our second partnership is more recent and is with Mealshare, a great not-for-profit that helps feed kids across Canada, you can read more about this partnership and the details below. We are incredibly happy to be a Mealshare partner and have already helped give over 400 meals within the first two months of being a part of it – and we think that is pretty great!
We try to find new ways each day to make changes that can have a positive impact on our community and city as a whole. One of our recent steps involved deciding to ditch the casual use of plastic straws within our restaurant. While eliminating the plastic straw entirely is nearly impossible, we are coming up with different ways we can cut back on the number of straws that get used and discarded on a day-to-day basis. We avoid the use of straws completely unless requested by a customer, and this cuts back the amount of plastic that is thrown out on a daily basis immensely.