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 Skip-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.

Trick or Eat Registration

  1. Make a team of 5
  2. Register at trickoreat.ca
  3. Wear your costume October 31 and gather at the UC Courtyard, 4:45pm and enjoy music & prizes!
  4. Trick-or-Eating: 5:45pm–7:45pm
  5. Back to the UC by 8pm

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.

January 23-27 Share a Meal

Donate with cash or Meal Plan here:

Mon Jan 23

MacKinnon Lobby,
10am-12pm

Prairie Hall,
5:30-7:30pm

 
Tues Jan 24 LA Pitt Cafe, 
12:30-2:30pm
Mountain Hall, 
5:30-7:30pm
 
Wed Jan 25 MacKinnon Lobby, 
1-3pm
Creelman, 
5:30-7:30pm
LA Pitt, 
8-9:30pm
Thurs Jan 26 University Centre, 
11am-2pm
   
Fri Jan 27 University Centre, 
11am-2pm
   
All week Donations accepted at the CSA Fron Office, UC 274

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All donations will purchase food for local/nearby food banks:

  • The Salvation Army
  • Contact Place
  • Holy Rosary Pantry
  • North Riverside Neighbourhood Group
  • Guelph Food Bank
  • Brant Ave Neighbourhood Group
  • Onward Willow Centre
  • Oakville Fare Share Food Bank
  • Centre Wellington Food Bank
  • Wyndham House
  • Chalmers Community Services Centre

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.

Clear the Shelves!

At the end of the school year in April, residence students are encouraged to donate any non-perishable food, clothes, or excess materials into drop off bins located in all 12 residence buildings. Everything is given to the local food banks.