Top MX Moments of 2016!

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2016 was full of surprises.

At Meal Exchange, 2016 was full of incredible accomplishments and impact. Read on to see our countdown of 2016 highlights! 

Over $300,000 worth of food was collected through Trick or Eat to support 85 food agencies across Canada. 5000 youth were involved in their community and 87% of them will continue to volunteer throughout the year.
85 from 35 campuses attended the National Student Food Summit to share ideas, skills, and hopes for building more just and sustainable food systems
We launched the Real Food Challenge Canada with 6 pilot campuses, 35 advisors, and a team of 30 students. All are involved in understanding where food is coming from on campuses and how we can shift $1 billion of campus food purchases in North America towards fair, humane, community-based and ecological food sources.

We conducted the largest cross-campus student food insecurity report: ‘Hungry for Knowledge’. We found alarming rates of food insecurity within student populations and are working to find solutions to end student poverty in 2017.

We provided meaningful job opportunities for 25 students from across Canada to gain experience working in an organization that fosters community building, innovation, and personal development.

We hosted our first west coast conference to connect students across B.C., provide ally-ship training, and launch the committee on indigenous food sovereignty and the ‘decolonizing the table’ book club.
We supported 7 campus gardens to grow and flourish -  they grew well over 20,000 pounds of organic and sustainable food and employed more than 15 young growers.
The media listened. From Maclean’s magazine and the Toronto Star to local newspapers and radio stations, Meal Exchange was in the media more than 50 times this year, and we presented at over 10 conferences to share the voice of the Meal Exchange Network and your work!
We wrote a cookbook and supported the growth and development of 5 campus community kitchens.
We reached over 100,000 students on communities across Canada to make a difference through the power of food. 

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