About Us

Meal Exchange empowers youth to take an active role in improving their local food system.

A national registered charity since 1996, we provide youth volunteers with the knowledge, resources, and support to work with communities to increase food security and access to healthy, sustainable food. 

Whether through a national food drive, food security workshops, community kitchens and gardens, or by organizing campus stakeholders to help bring more local food to campus, our programs provide youth with volunteer opportunities to improve their food systems.

Our Vision

A country where everyone has access to affordable, healthy, sustainable and socially just food.

Our Mission

To engage, educate, and mobilize youth to work with their communities to develop just and sustainable food systems.

Our Model

Meal Exchange Model

Engage: Meal Exchange’s core programming introduces youth to local food security issues, connecting them to networks of like-minded people in their communities and across Canada.

Educate: Meal Exchange supports youth by facilitating peer-to-peer education through leadership development and empowers them to create innovative solutions for food security issues with their communities.

Mobilize: Meal Exchange equips passionate youth with the tools, connections and experiences to become the next generation/a new generation of food leaders.

Our Culture

Our culture is who we are and how we do things. We are:

  • Collaborative: Our decisions are made with input from everyone. Also, we support youth to work with their stakeholder groups and work from within the system to change the system.
  • Passionate: We love what we do and do what we love. We seek to work with those who are passionate and to engage them in the work we do.
  • Innovative: We thrive on using innovative ways to get youth involved in food issues, and localizing every approach. We use new technologies to execute our work nationally and are always adapting how we do things.
  • Empowering: Building youth leaders is at the heart of what we do. We provide unique volunteer opportunities and ensure the skills developed are transferable.