Student Stories: Kaitlyn Fraser

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kaitlynKaitlyn Fraser, Real Food Challenge Researcher and Campus Coordinator at UVic, shares her experience with Meal Exchange this summer, from intensive research to fun weekends at the BC Summer Retreat.  This post can also be found in UVic's Department of Sociology Newsletter, Volume I Issue II (Fall 2016) on page 8.

I spent my time this summer with a wonderful organization, Meal Exchange (, as their UVic Real Food Campus Coordinator. With the support of food services on campus, I was successful in auditing $35,000 worth of food purchased in February 2016 by UVic for the Mystic Market dining hall. Using Meal Exchange’s Real Food Guide and Calculator, I was able to determine the percentage of this food that can be considered “real” (community based, ecologically sustainable, socially just, and humane). I was also able to attend Meal Exchange’s BC Retreat in Nanaimo where I met students from across Canada who share a passion for improving food on post-secondary campuses. We heard from various speakers on a variety of different topics relating to the food system including Indigenous Food Sovereignty, aquaponics, and temporary migrant workers. We also toured various farms around Nanaimo, helping with a few daily tasks on the farm as a form of sweat equity. This summer was a breath of fresh air and has relit my passion for challenging our current global food system. This fall I will be completing the research for my MA thesis where I attempt to unravel my food consumption choices and the tensions and confusions that come with aligning these choices with my personal beliefs around social justice, equality, and environmental sustainability. I will also be helping to establish a Meal Exchange chapter at UVic and encourage anyone who is interested in joining to get in touch ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). ~ Katie Fraser

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