Friday, December 2, 2005


Written by thecannon

GUELPH - University of Guelph students recently exchanged a meal from their meal plans for something far more valuable. Working with Meal Exchange, the student-run on campus charity, community-conscious students donated $15,399 to fight hunger in Guelph and the surrounding areas. This is a wonderful amount raised by a student body in one semester!

“U of G students are not only about school and party. We do care about our community as much as everybody does. This is an excellent example of our commitment to addressing socials issues within Guelph” says Tommy Lau, Coordinator at the University of Guelph. “Last Saturday, we delivered more than 10,000 lbs of food to organizations as far away as Fergus and Mount Forest, in addition to a number of amazing groups in Guelph such as the Food Bank and Drop in Centre”.

“Meal Exchange would like to thank our devout volunteers, and students and faculty staffs who donated their meal points and cash for Skip-a-Meal. Without the support of devoted volunteers, students and our university, Skip-a-meal would not exist. I would like to think that this achievement will inspire everyone to look within themselves and make a difference in their own communities.’ Says Tommy Lau.

This semester, we will be delivering thousands of pounds of food to 17 social organizations in Guelph and surrounding areas that offer critical services to those in need.

U of G students’ donations will be used to purchase non-perishables for 15 anti-hunger organizations. Meal Exchange student organizers work together with food banks and community agencies to fill in the gaps that exist from community food drives. On Saturday November 26th 2005, student volunteers and representatives from the CSA delivered this latest round of donations starting at 8:00 and continued throughout the day.

Meal Exchange is a student-focused charity and a simple idea. On-campus student co-ordinators facilitate donations through Hospitality Services. Students donate to Meal Exchange through their residences or at various dining halls on campus. Meal plan donations are solicited from students, while co-ordinators determine which products are most in need by local food banks and agencies. It is a student solution to eradicate hunger problems in our local community.

About Meal Exchange
Meal Exchange is a student-founded, grassroots, registered charity with the mandate to address local and national hunger issues. Throughout the school year, volunteers on 45 campuses across Canada host various events to collect non-perishable food donations for local food banks, shelters and soup kitchens in our communities. Meal Exchange mobilizes the talents and passions of students from various backgrounds and in all fields of study and allows them to realize their potential to create lasting social change.

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