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Hi everyone! My name is Merryn, and I’m so excited to join the MX national team as the new program coordinator! I first became passionate about food systems when I volunteered in Thanksgiving food drives with my parents. During my undergraduate degree, I became engaged in bringing local, healthy food to the McMaster University campus through the Farmstand. While working at the nutrition department of the Hamilton Family Health Team, I was able to see first-hand how those living on a low-income faced challenges when trying to maintain a healthy diet, which ultimately impacted their ability to be fully engaged in work and at school.

 

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During my Masters in Public Health, I volunteered at the campus food bank at the University of Waterloo. I realized that students were dealing with some of the same food security issues I had seen in my neighbourhood, and conducted my thesis research on the experience of undergraduate student food insecurity. Through these experiences, I’ve discovered that food can be a rallying point for people to gather around community and neighbourhood issues. I’m really interested in researching the connection between food insecurity and health in Canada, particularly among students!

 

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Meal Exchange is an amazing organization to be a part of, because I get to interact with you passionate people, and work on campus food issues. My colleagues and our student volunteers inspire me, and make me excited to come to work each day! I can’t wait to work together to build a more just and sustainable food system.

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Our 2013 summer internsIt's that time of year again - the hiring of summer interns!

We're looking for three outstanding students to join us in the national office in Toronto to help plan our summer events and get us ready to go for the 2014/2015 school year.

Are you a jack of all trades with a passion for food?
Apply to be our Program Intern!

Are you a skilled communicator looking for a start in the media or public relations field?
Apply to be our Media & Communications Intern!

Are you a planner extraordinaire who has great attention to detail?
Apply to be our Event Coordinator!

Please note: These positions are funded through Canada Summer Jobs. Successful applicants must be full-time students between the ages of 15 and 30, and returning to their studies in the fall. The intended hours for the positions are 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Actual hours are subject to approval of funding and are subject to change prior to the start date

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Meal Exchange is seeking a summer student to assist our small and passionate team in the coordination and fundraising efforts of our various national campaigns that focus on working with youth to develop solutions that achieve sustainable and just food systems. This is an opportunity to thrive in a fast-paced and rewarding environment where you will gain valuable experience in coordinating and administering high profile national campaigns that involve multiple stakeholders and donors.

Specifically, the Program Intern will focus on tasks related to the planning and execution of our two annual summer events. These are the National Student Food Summit, and Meal Exchange’s Summit BBQ. Now entering its 11th year, the National Student Food Summit is a 3-day conference bringing together 100 post-secondary students from across Canada to network, develop leadership skills and find solutions for improving their food system, from August 15-17.

Meal Exchange’s Summit BBQ is an afternoon celebration of local food and the power of food to build community, and will celebrate Meal Exchange volunteers, alumni, and supporters. Set on August 17th during the National Student Food Summit.

Key Responsibilities

The Program Intern will:

  • Assist with program fundraising and partnership relations for the National Student Food Summit, and Meal Exchange’s other summer programs
  • Assist with event logistics and planning
  • Coordinating print and digital mail merges and similar mass-communication efforts
  • Assist with general Meal Exchange outreach and recruitment efforts
  • Greeting visitors and general office duties, such as the photocopying, faxing and scanning/emailing of documents
  • Other administrative duties as they are assigned

Qualifications

  • An interest in fundraising, with prior fundraising experience an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Exceptional computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and ease in using the Internet
  • Excellent phone and greeting skills
  • Proven ability to take initiative and engage in active learning
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Experience working in an office environment an asset
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of food security and food systems issues is an asset
  • Experience with social media an asset

Work Environment

The successful candidate will be working as part of a five-person full-time team in our downtown Toronto offices. Meal Exchange is a professional but informal environment which is fast-paced and continually changing as the organization grows.

Important Information

The intended hours for this position are at 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Actual hours are subject to approval of funding and are subject to change prior to the start date

This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs. Successful applicants must be full-time students between the ages of 15 and 30, and returning to their studies in the fall. In addition, the Event Coordinator must be available to attend all events.

Position start date is approximately May 1st. The position is full-time through until August 30th.

Application Information

Please submit your application (resume and cover letter) via this form by Monday, April 7th at 5:00pm. In your cover letter, please include the answers to the following questions:

  • What excites you about working in the nonprofit sector?
  • What skills do you think are essential in working with undergraduate student communities?
  • What interests you the most about food system issues?

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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Meal Exchange is seeking a summer student to assist staff in planning and executing our major events this summer, the National Student Food Summit, and the Summit Alumni BBQ.

The National Student Food Summit is a 3-day conference bringing together 100 post-secondary students from across Canada to network, develop leadership skills and find solutions for improving their food system, from August 15-17.

Meal Exchange’s Summit BBQ is an afternoon celebration of local food and the power of food to build community, and will celebrate Meal Exchange volunteers, alumni, and supporters. It will occur on August 17th during the National Student Food Summit.

Key Responsibilities

The Events Coordinator will:

  • Work directly with Meal Exchange staff to assist with all operational components of the National Student Food Summit and the Summit BBQ
  • Maintain website, blog and registration process for the Summit
  • Assist in developing and executing an alumni engagement and registration process for the Summit BBQ
  • Assist with the social media and print media/press release presence and promotion of both of these events
  • Assist with fundraising, sponsorship, and partner relations for these events

Qualifications

  • Knowledge, passion for and understanding of food issues
  • Proven ability to take initiative and engage in active learning
  • Event planning experience
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Experience with website maintenance/blogging an asset

Work Environment

The successful candidate will be working as part of a five-person full-time team in our downtown Toronto offices. Meal Exchange is a professional but informal environment which is fast-paced and continually changing as the organization grows.

Important Information

The intended hours for this position are at 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Actual hours are subject to approval of funding and are subject to change prior to the start date

This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs. Successful applicants must be full-time students between the ages of 15 and 30, and returning to their studies in the fall. In addition, the Event Coordinator must be available to attend all events.

Position start date is approximately May 1st. The position is full-time (37.5 hours/week) through until August 30th.

Application Information

Please submit your application package (resume and cover letter) via this form by Monday, April 7th at 5:00pm. In your cover letter, please include the answers to the following questions:

  1. What excites you about working in the nonprofit sector?
  2. What do you think are two key skills event planners need to have?

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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Meal Exchange is seeking a tech-savvy summer student with a strong background and passion for public relations. This position will require you to assist with communications between our organization and various media outlets. If you are well-versed in current events and food issues, if you have a fluency in web applications, great project management skills; we invite you to apply for the position of Media Relations & Communications Intern at Meal Exchange.

Reporting to the Executive Director at Meal Exchange, you will contribute to a variety of programs and initiatives by developing tools, creating templates, writing website copy and blog content, researching the latest food security news, drafting and disseminating press releases and using media to build important organizational relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop press releases and media templates for Meal Exchange programming and seasonal campaigns.
  • Actively build relationships between Meal Exchange and local, regional, and national media.
  • Develop, build and maintain a Meal Exchange communication strategy consistent with print media/press release messaging.
  • Regularly contribute to the Meal Exchange main and event blogs.
  • Contribute to, edit, and maintain Meal Exchange’s web applications and social media outlets.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and within a dynamic team environment.
  • Excellent presentation skills; excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and engage in active learning - specifically in quickly learning the depth and breadth of Meal Exchange programs.
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, manage multiple projects, and effectively handle changing priorities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of food issues and keen aptitude for news.
  • Experience with social media and web management systems.
  • Ability to contribute to a good playlist

Work Environment

The successful candidate will be working as part of a five-person full-time team in our downtown Toronto offices. Meal Exchange is a professional but informal environment which is fast-paced and continually changing as the organization grows.

Important Information

This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs. Successful applicants must be full-time students between the ages of 15 and 30, and returning to their studies in the fall. In addition, the Media & Communications Coordinator must be available to attend the National Student Food Summit: Friday, August 15 to Sunday, August 17.

Position start date is approximately May 1st. The intended hours for this position are at 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday through August 30th. Actual hours are subject to approval of funding and are subject to change prior to the start date.

Application Information

Please submit your resume, cover letter and writing sample using this form by Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 5:00pm. Your cover letter should include answers to the following:

  1. Provide evidence of self-starting and ability to work independently in a fast paced environment.
  2. What skills do you perceive to be most important in a media relations/communications role, and how do you demonstrate them?
  3. Why are you attracted to working for a non-profit? In addition, please provide a writing sample demonstrating a style and tone similar to that aimed at a Meal Exchange audience. Press releases, blog posts, articles serve as good examples.  

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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Position Title: Sponsorship Assistant
Terms of Employment: Part-Time (8 hours per week for approximately 16 weeks)
Salary: $15.00/hour
Anticipated Start Date: Week of January 13, 2014
Location: 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 365, Toronto, Ontario

Job Description:

Working out of the National Office in downtown Toronto (401 Richmond Street West), you will assist the Development Officer in the preparation and submission of sponsorship proposals (both financial and in-kind) for Trick or Eat and the National Student Food Summit.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Updating prospective sponsor database
  • Assisting in updating sponsorship packages
  • Managing outreach to potential sponsor organizations
  • Assisting in and preparing sponsorship reports

Qualifications:

  • Great organizational skills to help complete tasks efficiently and on time with a strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to self-start, take initiative and engage in active learning in a team environment
  • Strong customer service skills - expressive and persuasive in both spoken and written communication
  • Interest in and knowledge of food security in Canada
  • Experience in fundraising and sponsorship coordination is an asset
  • Love of baked goods and ability to contribute to a good playlist

Deadline:

Please apply by submitting a covering letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, December 18th at 5:00pm.  

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Canadian Pacific has been a proud sponsor of our Trick or Eat campaign since 2008, and their contributions have enabled Meal Exchange to recruit more volunteers, run a larger national campaign, and create a larger and lasting impact in hunger affected communities across Canada.

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CP also hosts their own event focused on hunger in communities, the CP Holiday Train. CP’s Holiday Train has been hitting the rails since 1999, and to date has raised more than $7.4 million and over 3 million pounds of food in the US and Canada. This year, the Holiday Train visited over 150 communities in Canada and the US, and Meal Exchange made it out to the Toronto stop (that's Heather and Caitlin in the photo)!

Although it was a very chilly night, the crowd and the atmosphere made the event feel quite toasty. The highlights of the stage show included performances by The Claytones and the Brothers Dube, as well as hearing from other supporters of the Holiday Train, including Meal Exchange’s very own Peter Kapler!

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