Meal Exchange

Meal Exchange is a national student-run charity that aims to address issues of hunger in local communities using student-drive solutions. The Guelph chapter runs four main events each year. The Share-a-Meal campaign runs each semester and encourages students and faculty to donate cash and meal points to support local organizations. During Trick or Eat, over 1000 students canvass the local community on Halloween, collecting non-perishable food items. In the winter semester, Hunger Awareness educates students about hunger in our community and across Canada. During Clear the Shelves! students can drop off spare clothing and non-perishable food donations in bins at residence desks before the school year ends.

Hours of Operation

  • By appointment - email meal@uoguelph.ca

Contact Information

  • Coordinator: meal@uoguelph.ca
  • Promotions & Education: mxpromo@uoguelph.ca
  • Volunteer & Donations: mealvol@uoguelph.ca
  • Phone: 519-824-4120 x58212
  • Location: University Centre 241

Social Media

Hunger is a very real problem in our society that often goes unnoticed.

There are an estimated 18,781 hungry in Guelph. Of these, 5,454 are children under the age of 15; 4,001 are youth aged 15 to 24; and 2,755 are seniors over 65. Statistics from the Canadian Association of Food Banks indicate a donation of one meal from a typical student meal plan will provide four emergency meals for these people – this means students at the University of Guelph could provide up to 16,256 emergency meals each year to address hunger in Guelph.

Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers to help us run our events, deliver, and to make a difference in the fight against hunger.
 If you’re interested in helping to end hunger, feel free to contact us (see contact info above). For more information on the national organization, check out the site at www.mealexchange.com.

Events

Trick or Eat

On the 31st of October, teams of students from the university “dress to the nines” in their best Halloween costume and go out into the community going door to door collecting non-perishable items for food banks. Guelph has set national record highs raising over 36,000 pounds of food, equalling over $60,000, and had approximately 1300 participants.

Share a Meal

Once every semester, we give students a chance to donate money from their meal plans, or cash donation for the 19 local food banks. Last year students donated $22,000 in one semester, the highest amount collected nation wide. With this program and purchasing in bulk supply, one average student meal ($10) equals 4 meals for the food banks.

Hunger Awareness Week

A week of many events, entertainment, art, speakers, and much more all devoted and determined to spread the message of the fight against hunger in both our local and global communities

Hunger Awareness Week Events - TBA
TBA

Disco Soup

Where: Branion Plaza 
When: ?

Stop by for free soup from nearly-wasted food.

Cook and Learn

Where: MINS 214
When: ?

Join us for a cooking lesson and discussion of food security in Latin America (pay what you can)

TBA

Brant Avenue

Where:  35 Algonquin Rd
When: ?

Volunteer with a local food bank (transportation provided).

Community Supper

Where: UC Courtyard 
When: ?

Join us for supper (donations support the CSA Student Food Bank) and conversation 
with food security actors in our community.

TBA

 

Community Supper

Where: UC Courtyard 
When: ?

Join us for supper (donations support the CSA Student Food Bank) and conversation with food security actors in our community.

TBA

 

Community Supper

Where: UC Courtyard 
When: ?

Join us for supper (donations support the CSA Student Food Bank) and conversation with food security actors in our community.

Sign-up for volunteering on Doodle Poll.

Contact info: meal@uoguelph.ca