Skip a Meal Back for Seconds after a Record Breaking Semester

Friday, January 23, 2009


Written by Jordan Thompson

After breaking a national record, Meal Exchange’s Skip a Meal campaign returns for the second time of the 2008/2009 school year. This winter semester from January 26th until February 6th, students, faculty, and University staff are asked to donate a meal’s worth from their meal plans or in cash. All proceeds will supply Meal Exchange’s 19 local agencies, which consist of food banks, shelters, and drop-in centres all across Guelph and the Wellington County. With Meal Exchange’s collaboration with Hospitality Services, bulk purchasing is made possible, allowing an average student meal on campus ($10) to equal 4 meals at a food bank.

Skip a Meal will run in all 12 residence buildings on campus for the entire two week period. Residence students can donate meal points to their Interhall Council members or Residence Advisors during this time. On Monday, February 2nd, Skip a Meal goes campus-wide with donation booths in the UC, prairie cafeteria, Creelman, and new to this year the OVC café. Meal Exchange volunteers will also be collecting donations in selected classes through out the week. For those students who do not have a meal plan, the Bullring and Meal Exchange are working together to collect cash donations at the Bullring from January 26th until February 6th. With every cash donation, the donator will receive a paper can that they can write their name on and post up in the Bullring.

During the previous Skip a Meal held in late September of 2008, University of Guelph students generously donated over $26,000, the highest amount ever raised by 16 year old nation-wide program. In the fall 2008 semester with Skip a Meal, as well as Trick or Eat, Meal Exchange Guelph collected over $120,000 worth of food, which all went directly to our agencies.

For more information about Meal Exchange or Skip a Meal, visit:

www.mealexchange.com | www.uoguelph.ca/~meal

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