Student Stories: University of Waterloo Chapter Coordinator

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Meram Riad, MX Chapter Coordinator at Waterloo shares her passion for food and reflections from her summer with Meal Exchange.

Ever since Meram started off in Science Business, she fell in love with environmental sustainability and resource management. Meram has strong passion for food systems and edible gardening. Meram found Meal Exchange and decided to get involved.

Meram attended Meal Exchange’s National Food Summit, where she facilitated a pallet gardening workshops and attended an aquaponics workshop. What she loves best about Meal Exchange is the how it creates a huge difference in the world. Meal Exchange not only allowed her to get involved in making a change, but taught her soft and technical skills. Meram has learnt a lot about networking, recruiting volunteers and managing time. 

Meram hopes to educate students on food justice and the importance of using farm grown foods in restaurants and schools. Mearm goal is to focus on community kitchens. Students who don't have the time or money to eat a healthy meal can depend on community kitchens and not on canned or junk food. Meram says that the concept of students eating ramen noodles and burgers during their school years is not a joke, but a sad truth. Students have the right and need to learn about healthy eating and have access to that. 

Going forward, Meram wants to increase the growth in the University of Waterloo’s Meal Exchange Chapter. With plans on promoting and marketing Meal Exchange, Meram wants to spread the word of this organization and its goals. 

 Visit to learn how you can support Meram and make a difference in your own school and community. With your help, food insecurity can be on its way to becoming history.  

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