Matt

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Hi everybody, my name is Matt, and I’m thrilled to join the Meal Exchange National Office as the Campaigns, Communications, and Chapter Coordinator! I’ve been involved in community engagement and campaign building building for a several years, and am very excited to bring this experience and passion to Meal Exchange.

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I first got engaged with issues around food accessibility and security while pursuing my teaching degree at Brock University, supporting a community garden project as well as a campus-wide initiative to bring healthy, local, and affordable food options to the campus. Through this experience I was deeply impressed and inspired by the drive of students involved involved with the campaign, and realized how forceful and transformative student led movements can be.

 

While completing my MBA at McMaster University I had the opportunity to volunteer at a refugee centre in Toronto, teaching English and working one-on-one with newcomers to help them develop social roots in the city. I also, at the same time, volunteered as a food preparer and server at a Toronto soup kitchen. Through these experiences I learned how central issues of food security and affordability are to the lives of marginalized communities, and how important food can be as a catalyst for community mobilization. As a universal human experience, food provides a central point around which people can organize and work together.

  

I’m absolutely delighted to join the Meal Exchange team. The opportunity to work with motivated and passionate students on a cause I deeply believe in is a truly exciting prospect, and the folks in the MX National Office are a dynamic and inspiring team. I’m very enthusiastic to work with my colleagues and our student campaigners to create a food system that provides good food for all.