University Community Encouraged to Donate to "Skip A Meal"

September 16, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

University community members are encouraged to donate meal points or cash to the Meal Exchange's "Skip a Meal" program running Sept. 22 to Oct. 3.

Donations go towards supporting 19 local organizations, including men and women's shelters and food banks.

"Through this program, students can provide four meals at a food bank or shelter by donating just one $10 meal," said Jordan Thompson, U of G's Meal Exchange education and promotions co-ordinator. "This will give some of the much-needed support to the one in five people currently going hungry in Guelph."

"Skip a Meal" will be concentrated in student residences Sept. 22 to 28. Students living in residence can receive information about the program through their RA or Interhall Council members.

The initiative will go campus-wide the following week, and donations can be made 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 on Oct. 15.

U of G has taken part in "Skip a Meal" since 1997, contributing more than $260,000 worth of food. Last fall, U of G donated more than $22,000, the highest amount of any Canadian university or college.

Meal Exchange is a national student-run organization that aims to engage students from 45 Canadian campuses in solving the problem of hunger in their communities. The Guelph chapter is managed by the Central Student Association.

For more information on "Skip a Meal," contact Meal Exchange at or 519-824-4120, Ext. 58212.

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