UoG Students Famine for 24 Hours for Local Breakfast Program

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Written by Jordan Thompson

For 24 hours, University of Guelph students will take a vow to not consume any food to address the issue of hunger. Meal Exchange, with the support of the Human Rights Office, will be running a 24 hour famine entitled Twenty-four.For.Hunger and will take place from Friday January 9th at 12:00pm until Saturday January 10th 12:00pm. Participants will also be fundraising for a local Breakfast club program operated by Onward Willow Centre, giving school kids in Guelph, as young as Senior Kindergarten, a nutritious breakfast.

Twenty-four.For.Hunger is Meal Exchange’s newest event and aims to expose the issues of hunger through means of voluntary famine, through which a new perspective and appreciation for those who suffer from hunger will be gained.

During the 24 hours of famine, all participants will actively fight hunger while attending a variety of workshops, small group activity stations, movies, team competitions, and a day’s worth of events. With sign in from 11:00am – 12:00pm, Students will be able to attend their remaining classes of the day, then arrive to the Opening Ceremonies at 7:00 pm. The event will also bring in a variety of guests speakers and lecturers who assist in eliminating hunger. Twenty-four.For.Hunger concludes with closing ceremonies, and a complimentary lunch for all participants who successfully completed the famine. Those who successfully complete the event, will receive a certificate representing the participation and completion of the famine as well.

Students are highly encouraged to register online at www.uoguelph.ca/~meal in order to participate in Twenty-four.For.Hunger and to start fundraising. 100% of all donations will go towards the Breakfast club program at Onward Willow.

In the Fall Semester, Meal Exchange Guelph collected over $120,000 worth of food, the highest ever collected in a semester. The bi-annual ‘Skip a Meal’ campaign, giving students a chance to donate money from their meal plans for local agencies of Guelph, raised $26,664.55. On Halloween night, over 1450 students partook in Trick or Eat collecting 44354 lbs of food for the Guelph food bank, the most students participated and food collected by the program. Students also collected $5,469 in online donations.

For more information about Meal Exchange, visit:

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

For Further Media Inquiries, Contact:
Meal Exchange Guelph
Jordan Thompson

Twenty-four.for.Hunger. Coordinator
Education & promotions Coordinator
Phone: 519-824-4120 x 58212
Cell: 519-400-2475

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