Hunger Awareness Week: Jan. 26 - 31

Friday, January 23, 2004


Written by Annie Benko

Meal Exchange is an on-campus organization offered through the CSA, as well as a national charity. It aims to educate students on the issues of hunger and poverty, focussing on the local community. Meal Exchange runs semesterly programs that provide financial support to local organizations. Involving students in volunteer opportunities in the community is also a priority. There are currently 45 post-secondary campuses that have a Meal Exchange program.

Hunger Awareness Week is the first program this semester at the University of Guelph. It is being held January 26-30th. The week was created to focus student’s attention to local hunger issues and how they can be more involved in working towards a solution to the hunger problem. Meal Exchange is planning on having a display and table in the University Centre for the week, making available a variety of information. This includes relevant local organizations that work in the community and require volunteers, as well information for students who may be in need of support. On Tuesday, January 27th, Meal Exchange is presenting the Daily Bread Food Bank, a large, unique support organization from Toronto. They will be speak briefly on their operations and discuss advocacy and the issue of hunger. The presentation is at 7pm in MacKinnon 102.

In general, the week will focus on the student relationship to hunger. This includes both the student as an advocate, as well as a person experiencing need. Smaller activities will take place in the UC and elsewhere on-campus. The week will end with a volunteer trip to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank on January 31st.

For more information about Hunger Awareness Week or Meal Exchange at Guelph, please contact Annie, Ryan, or Anita at x 58212 or email at . One-time volunteering opportunities are available, as well as on more regular occasions.

Annie Benko is the co-ordinator for "Meal Exchange"

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