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Preview: Hunger Awareness Week

Friday, February 2, 2007

Written by Scott Gilbert

Hunger Awareness Week, co-hosted by Meal Exchange and the CSA Food Bank, is being held next week, February 5th-9th. Meal Exchange is a national charity, with its own chapter on the University of Guelph campus. The awareness campaign begins with Meal Exchange's second annual Hunger Awareness Forum which will take place in Peter Clark Hall on Monday February 5th at 6:30pm. The night will serve as an informative and inspiring discussion about the real issue of hunger in the community. Over 3,000 people access the Guelph Food Bank each month, and 1 in 5 people in Guelph go hungry.

Panelists at the forum are: the Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks; the Executive Director of Change Now, a youth shelter and drop-in center in downtown Guelph; a Board Member from Chalmers Outreach; a teacher of Justice Studies at Humber College and the founder of the Welcome Drop-In center, located in Guelph.

From 7pm-midnight on Tuesday and 9am-1pm on Wednesday in room 103 of the University Centre, Meal Exchange will be running their first annual "CAN-struction" event. For this event, teams will fundraise for food and use their donations to create a huge structure that will compete against others and be judged. This event will be a type marathon and all the donations from this event will go towards supporting the on-campus food bank.

Other events throughout the week include a documentary screening (with free popcorn) also Wednesday in UC 103 at 5:30pm. "Sounds of Change" is a band night for child hunger. The event will take place at 7pm on Thursday in the Bullring, featuring local bands like Half Dozen Down. Cash donations from this event will be donated to Meal Exchange's local agencies.

Also on Thursday is an Open House at the CSA Food Bank, located in the old Biology House at the corner of Gordon and South Ring Road. And on Friday to end the week, students can attend "Cooking & Eating on a Budget" from 12-3pm in Eccles Centre.

Student wanting to register teams for the CAN-struction event, or who would like more information, can email

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