Meal Exchange and the CSA Food Bank Presents Hunger Awareness Week

Monday, February 23, 2009


Written by Jordan Thompson

From Monday, March 2nd until Saturday, March 7th, Meal Exchange and the CSA Food Bank will be operating their annual Hunger Awareness Week. The week is implemented with the goal of exposing the issues involved with hunger in our community while encouraging students and community members to help solve the above national and provincial poverty levels Guelph faces. The week will bring together a variety of organizations, councils, and community members who will be running a variety of events, campaigns, food-drives, and workshops for the students on campus as well as any interested citizens of Guelph.

Monday, March 2nd – Saturday, March 7th : Through out the week, Meal Exchange will be running Eliminate Hunger, a unique food drive being ran in the UC from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day. The Food drive consists of a collection of cans which will spell out hunger. Students and faculty are given the chance to buy a canned good from the Hunger Wall and place it in the donation bin for the food bank. As more and more cans are purchased and taken off the wall, Hunger becomes more and more diminished until nothing is left.

Through out the week, the CSA’s Food Bank and Meal Exchange will be running a Hungerama movie series, a movie everyday day of the week at 8:00pm in various locations on campus. On Monday we will run ‘The Global Banquet’, Tuesday – ‘We Feed the World’, Wednesday – ‘Salvation’, Thursday – ‘Family Motel’, and on Friday – ‘No Place Called Home’.

Monday March 2nd : A vast collection of hunger-inspired art will be displayed 9:00 am – 5:00 pm through out the UC Courtyard during Meal Exchange’s Art for Change. The artists will consist of local artists who experience hunger on an everyday basis as well as a wide range of students from the University. After roaming about the pieces of art, students have the opportunity to make their own hunger-inspired art painting with paint and blank canvasses that are provided. We also encourage students, faculty, and community members to submit their hunger-inspired art to share with the University Community.

At 5:30pm until 7:00pm, Leisha Zamenick, Meal Exchange National’s Communications and Programme Manager and a graduate of the University of Guelph, will be running a workshop on Food Insecurity and Volunteerism in UC 441.

Tuesday, March 3rd: Meal Exchange's Conversation Café will take place in UC 442 from 12:00pm-1:00pm. We give you the opportunity to sit down in small groups consisting of student leaders, professors, and passionate citizens and indulge in worthy discussions. There will also be free coffee and snacks to help energize your mind. We are currently looking for student leaders, professors, faculty, and any one who is an ambitious and passionate citizen, to join us. If interested, contact us at .

The CSA’s Food Bank will also be running their annual workshop entitled ‘Cooking on a Budget’ at a time and location to be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, March 4th : an author, poet, doctor in Agricultural studies, and Rwanda Genocide survivor, Um’Khonde Habemenshi will speak on his life story and future ambitions. From 5:30pm-6:30pm in MacNaughton 113, Dr. Habemenshi will touch base on topics of sustainable development in all parts of the world. Dr. Habemenshi will also be performing his compelling soliloquay 'The Murder of Jane Doe' about how we, as society, abandon the weakest amongst us to live and die on the streets.

Meal Exchange and the Bullring will be teaming up to raise donations for a local food bank by running an open mic night at the Bullring. The event starts at 6:00pm.

Friday, March 6th : From 11:00am-3:00pm, Meal Exchange volunteers will come together and run a hunger demonstration in the UC.

Saturday, March 7th : Teams of 6 players will be guaranteed 3 games in Road Hockey for Hunger in parking lot 14 on campus at 10:00am. There will be an $18 registration fee per team [all proceeds will go towards a local food bank] with a donation for the food bank. Please register by sending your team name and team members names to before Thursday, March 5th.

On Saturday, Meal Exchange will also be running Beat Hunger from 12:00pm-4:00pm in the UC courtyard. Beat Hunger will be bringing together musical talents from all parts of Guelph, including High Schools, the University, and the neighbourhoods. Bands, Musicians, Singers, and Musically Inclined people will be gathering to the UC to display their musical talents to address the issues of hunger. All are welcome to attend. Non-Perishable food donations are recommended and will be collected at the Concert for the CSA Food Bank. Cash Donations will also be collected. Students or community members wanting to perform are encouraged to contact Meal Exchange.

Since September 2008, Meal Exchange at the University of Guelph has collected over $130,000 for local food banks, drop-in centres, and shelters. After operating to Skip-a-Meal campaigns this school year, nearly $40,000 dollars was collected from students’ meal cards. Trick or Eat brought together 1450 students who collected over $88,000 worth of food in three hours. Meal Exchange’s newest initiative, Twenty-four.for.hunger., brought in $2375 for a local breakfast programme. The 2008/2009 school year has been the most successful year any Meal Exchange chapter has experienced.

For more information about Meal Exchange, visit:
www.mealexchange.com | www.uoguelph.ca/~meal

For Further Media Inquiries, Contact:
Meal Exchange Guelph
Jordan Thompson
Education & promotions Coordinator
Phone: 519-824-4120 x 58212
Cell: 519-400-2475

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