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Meal Exchange Promotes Hunger Awareness

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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  • Mackenzie and Anthony of Meal Exchange.

    Mackenzie and Anthony of Meal Exchange.

  • Free cotton candy in Branion Plaza.

    Free cotton candy in Branion Plaza.

Written by Janet Errygers

This week, Meal Exchange is hosting Skip A Meal, an initiative to benefit 19 local food banks and drop in centres. Students can donate money from their meal cards at most cafeterias on campus, but this event is not only for first years; even those without a meal plan can donate cash.

Meal Exchange is an organization run by the Central Student Association. It is a not for profit organization that hosts initiatives to promote awareness of the Guelph and Wellington hunger problem. In Guelph, one in five people are considered to be “food insecure”, and food bank usage across the city has risen 30% in the past two years.

Across Canada, one third of food banks do not have enough food to feed everyone in need. Last year, Skip a Meal raised $18,000, and the goal for this year is to top that. It will run until this Friday, September 29th, and volunteers will be promoting the event during lectures and in Branion Plaza. Also, all RAs have information and donation sheets for those first year students who are interested.

The next event that Meal Exchange will be hosting is Trick-or-Eat at the end of October. This involves trick or treating, but instead of collecting candy, participants request donations of canned goods. As well, running throughout the year is the on campus food bank, also run by the CSA. They can be contacted at [email protected], and are a resource available to every student.

Meal Exchange is always happy to recruit volunteers, so if promoting hunger awareness sounds interesting to you, .

Donation Centres for Week of September 26th:
Mountain – 11:30-1:0, 5:30-7:00
Creelman - 11:30-1:0, 5:30-7:00
University Centre - 11:30-1:0, 5:30-7:00

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