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Guelph Students Set a National Record by Skipping a Meal

Monday, October 20, 2008

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Written by Jordan Thompson

Students and Faculty of the University of Guelph proves yet again why Maclean’s labeled Guelph as the most charitable city in Canada. Through Meal Exchange’s Skip a Meal F08 Campaign, Students set a national record by donating $26,344.55 to support the 19 local agencies Meal exchange supports in the local community including food banks and women’s and men’s shelters. Through bulk purchasing, the money raised created 10,538 meals, helping the 1 in 5 people at risk of hunger in Guelph.

Skip a Meal gave students the opportunity to donate “a meal’s worth of food” with meal points from their meal plans to support the local food banks and shelters of Guelph. Donations were collected through out residences, classrooms, and marked tills in the UC, Prairie, and Creelman.

Not only does the University of Guelph hold the national record for Skip a Meal out of all 50 Meal Exchange chapters across the nation, but we also hold the record for Trick or Eat. Last year, over 1200 student volunteers took to the streets on Halloween for three hours, collecting 36,024 lbs of non perishable food items for the Guelph Food Bank. This year, Meal Exchange Guelph plans to continue having Trick or Eat hold the title of the Wellington county’s and the University’s largest volunteering event, by collecting 38,000 lbs of food. The National Organization aims to raise $350,000 and $20,000 online donations at www.trickoreat.ca.

Students are strongly encouraged to partake in this year’s Trick or Eat as the Guelph Food Bank are starting to find their shelves barren creating much difficultly to assist its over 13,000 clients, where 45% are under the age of 15. Students can register today at www.trickoreat.ca, where they can join as an individual or join a team.

The day of volunteers will meet in the UC at 4:30, where registration will take place as well as the Trick or Eat kick off. This year there will be guest speakers, prizes for best costumes, food, and bands. From there, the first wave of volunteers will be getting bussed out all across Guelph at 5:45, followed by the second wave at 6:30.

For more information about Meal Exchange or Trick or Eat, visit:

www.mealexchange.com | www.trickoreat.ca

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