Meal Exchange is proud to officially announce the launch of its newest program, the Ontario Campus Food Systems Project (OCFSP), and the selection of its first four campuses:
- University of Waterloo
- Ryerson University
- Carleton University
- Trent University
The OCFSP is supported for 2013-2014 by the Greenbelt Fund’s Broader Public Sector Grant Stream.
Our goal with the OCFSP is to build the student movement to get more local, sustainable food onto Ontario’s campuses. We provide hands-on support for student leaders and help them to connect to resources, decision-makers, and organizations. We’re impressed by the student leaders and campus support at Waterloo, Ryerson, Carleton, and Trent, and are confident that they are on their way to being inspiring examples for the rest of the province and country.
Highlights of OCFSP Programming
Since 2011, the Campus Food Systems Project has been transforming food and education at nine universities across Canada. We’ve learned a lot the past two years, and we’re excited to take this opportunity to test the following evolutions of the Campus Food Systems Project model:
Each campus is going to be running Local Food Day events, Field Trips, and Applied Student Research courses over 2013-2014 academic year. Based on our experience with the national Campus Food Systems Project, we think that these three activities can create meaningful shifts in student engagement and stakeholder relationships.
By selecting universities in the same geographic region, we’re able to build stronger relationships between the campuses and student leaders, identify shared supply chain opportunities, and facilitate relationships between key organizations and champions in the area.
We will be bringing together key individuals from the national and local foodservice providers, distributors, campus stakeholders, and our student leaders to contribute to the vision and programming of the Ontario Campus Food Systems Project. We are excited to capture the expertise and networks of these champions and key stakeholders, and create this new forum of support for the campus food movement in Ontario.
We see opportunities to expand each of these evolutions of the Campus Food Systems Project model across the country, and will be tracking their effectiveness carefully over the coming year. It’s going to be a good one!