Meal Exchange is recruiting for the first-ever Canadian Student Standards Committee

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Meal Exchange – Real Food Student Standards Committee: Callout for Volunteers

Are you a post-secondary (masters or undergraduate) student who cares about the environment, social justice and food systems? Are you interested in setting standards to change the way campuses purchase food? Join Meal Exchange this Fall in the first-ever Canadian Student Standards Committee.


The Real Food Challenge is a project of Meal Exchange that aims to leverage the power of post-secondary institutions and their students to shift $1 billion of food purchases toward food systems that are ecologically-sound, socially-just, humane, community-based and transparent. This is accomplished through the Real Food Calculator, an online platform that allows students to audit their campus’ purchasing data to determine the % of ‘Real Food’ on campus, and to challenge their campus to reach a higher standard.

However, before Meal Exchange can formally launch the Real Food Challenge, we must first work with students across Canada to finalize our standards. We are seeking a diverse team of knowledgeable, passionate students to help write the final draft of the Canadian Real Food Guide, which will reflect the values of students across the country and transform institutional purchasing practices for years to come.

Goals & Objectives

The Student Standards Committee will contribute to the design of the Real Food Challenge standards in order to make this project:

  • Academically-rigorous
  • Robustly-informed
  • Comprehensive
  • Accessible
  • Relevant and responding to current social and ecological contexts
  • Transparent
  • Consensus-Based


  • Two committee co-chairs:6 – 10 student representatives
    • Meal Exchange Staff (1)
    • Elected Student Representative (1)

Commitment and Responsibilities

  • Attend weekly meetings, 1-2 hours per week, September – December
  • Synthesize feedback, consult with Advisors, take initiative to strengthen the overall program, 3-5 hours per week, September – December

* We recognize that your availability has the potential to be varied, particularly depending on the time of the semester.

Benefits of Participation

  • Meal Exchange engages post-secondary students and food organizers across Canada: As a member of the Student Standards Committee, you will engage with hundreds of students, academics and professionals across Canada
  • Meal Exchange is the only national organization that works with food systems on the post-secondary level: Be part of the first team in Canada to set cohesive, robust and transparent standards for campus food purchasing
  • The Real Food Challenge will assess and evaluate current institutional food procurement and help advise on opportunities for change: As a member of the Student Standards Committee, you will have the opportunity to inform and shape the Real Food Challenge standards that will transform institutional purchasing for years to come
  • Meal Exchange is connected to the national and international food movement: Receive hands-on training and experience with a professional, highly-esteemed youth-based organization, with public acknowledgement for your contribution and the opportunity for positive references and résumé building

How to Apply

  • Please send a Cover Letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Saturday October 1st, midnight PST
  • Please include the following information in your Cover Letter:
    • Name, age, school, current year of study and expected year of graduation
    • Why are you applying to be a member of the Student Standards Committee?
    • How would you personally contribute to the diversity of the Student Standards Committee?
    • How would your experience, passion or knowledge help to meet the goals and objectives of the Student Standards Committee?
    • What are skills that you would like to gain from this experience?

* Please note that Meal Exchange will be facilitating a National Indigenous Food Sovereignty Committee later in the Fall. If you or anyone you know would be interested in forming relationships between campuses and Indigenous Communities, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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