Students Encouraged to Donate to "Skip a Meal" Progam

September 21, 2007 - Campus Bulletin

The "Skip a Meal" campaign offered through Meal Exchange is running Sept. 24 to Oct. 5.

Students are asked to donate cash or meal points from their meal cards to support 19 local organizations, including women's and men's shelters and food banks.

“Skip a Meal” will be concentrated in student residences the week of Sept. 24. Residence students can receive information about the program through their RA or Interhall representative. The initiative will go campus-wide the following week, and students can donate at the marked tills at Centre Six, Prairie Cafeteria and Creelman Hall.

The food purchased from donations will be delivered to local organizations by the Meal Exchange crew Nov. 24.

U of G students have taken part in “Skip a Meal” since 1997 and have contributed more than $260,000 worth of food. Last year they donated $22,000 from their meal plans, the highest amount of any Canadian university or college.

In addition to "Skip a Meal," the Meal Exchange program in partnership with the Ontario Association of Food Banks is running a province-wide fall lecture series on hunger and poverty in local communities.

At U of G, Prof. Harry Cummings, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, will speak Sept. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 143 of the Landscape Architecture Building. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Meal Exchange program at

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