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After three years of connecting with the Meal Exchange network, Amy Brierly reflects on her experiences and shares how she'll continue to apply what she's learned in the future. 

Amy

When did you first connect with Meal Exchange?
The 2012 National Student Food Summit, right before I took on the role of Student Food Resource Coordinator at StFX. The National Student Food Summit was recommended to me by the past Student Food Resource Coordinator. The Summit was transformational. It helped me feel connected to something bigger and to know that students were making real changes on their campuses. The Summit helped to prepare and fuel me for my work on campus - I’ve gone back to the Summit every year since!

What are some of your accomplishments on your campus?
Each of the accomplishments achieved on campus were a group effort - made possible by a foundation built by my peers, community members, and the Meal Exchange network. The main accomplishment for me has definitely been building a better food system through collaboration. Through this collaboration we have seen many benefits, including the development of a Farmers’ Market on campus and moving the Student Food Resource Centre to a more accessible and welcoming space on campus.

How did connecting with Meal Exchange shape your university experience?
Meal Exchange has provided me with a safe space to share ideas and feel supported. The Meal Exchange network has helped me practice and shape my understanding of development, which is what I studied during my university career. Through my work with Meal Exchange, I’ve seen that as a student, my role extends far past the classroom and that I have the opportunity to make significant change on campus and within my community.

How will you continue food work into the future?
I was recently given a wonderful opportunity to be an OceanPath Fellow with the Pathy Family Foundation and Coady Institute. Through this fellowship I will be working with community groups in Antigonish who are working in the local food movement, specifically around a local food hub. I’m excited to hopefully bring what I’ve learned on campus into closer conversation with the larger movement and to collaborate on all sorts of initiatives with the community. My ties with St. FX will be important in this work, especially for supporting institutional procurement of local foods.

How would you like to continue to contribute to Meal Exchange in the future?
While I stay in Antigonish, I look forward to providing support to new student leaders, facilitate community connections, and stay in touch with the national office. Though I’m not sure what the future holds, I’d to continue to be apart of this movement indefinitely.

We wish Amy all the best in her next adventures and for her contributions to St. FX, Antigonish and the National Meal Exchange network.

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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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Thank you for a spooktacular Trick or Eat!

We hope everyone’s post-Trick or Eat recovery is going well! At the MX office, we’ve put away our costumes, tallied up our results, and are now ready to share them with you. But why tell you, when we can...show you!

Yes, that’s right, thanks to the dedication and support of participants like yourself, we were able to raise a total of $475,000 worth of food and over $19,000 worth of funds to support local food agencies across Canada, the US, and even a food agency in Melbourne! We’ll be sharing some of the photos from Trick or Eat campaigns across the land on our Facebook page, so stay tuned.

We’d also like to recognize our prize winners for Trick or Eat 2013!

Prize Category Winner
Two tickets anywhere WestJet flies Draw: Every $25 raised  = 1 ballot Luke M.
One-year GoodLife Fitness membership Draw of anyone who registers Olivia S.
$50 Winners gift card (10) Week of Winning draw (2), Social Media draw (3), and 2nd – 6th highest fundraisers (5) Amanjot G., Hailey S.; Kristen A., Areum J., Andrew M.,; Natasha C.l, Pam T., Claire K., Katie C.,  and Sulara G.
One night stay at any Delta Hotels & Resorts Top Fundraiser Vinosha J.
3M gift basket Organizer survey draw Gayathri W.
Dermalogica gift basket & treatment Top Workplace Campaign Jennifer K.
$150 U-Haul gift certificate Education Quiz Emily M.
$100 Ethical Ocean gift certificate Organizer Competition for the most participants registered by Oct. 14 Gayathri W.
Signed Raptors Basketball Week of Winning Draw Paige W.
1:FaceWatch (2) Photo Contest Randa A. & Ali Y.
Signed Arkells CD & T-shirt (5) Week of Winning Draw Pengyi Q., Jaqueline D., Paige R., Alice B., and Jessica K.


On behalf of everyone at Meal Exchange, congratulations to all of the winners!

Our success with Trick or Eat is thanks to all the time, effort, passion and generosity that our Trick or Eat organizers, volunteers, participants and households bring to the campaign, and to them we would like to extend a very heart-felt thank you.

Trick or Eat is often the first step many individuals take in addressing food problems on their campus and in their community, and we hope to stay in touch with you throughout your journey. To find out more about the next steps you can take in improving your community food system, take a look at What We Do, and if you’d like to get involved or have any questions, get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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It’s October 31st, which means it’s time for Trick or Eat!

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This year marks the 14th year of students, youth, and community groups dressing up and going door-to-door to raise food and funds to support their local food bank or community food agency.

This year’s campaign promises to be the biggest yet. We have an amazing 105 campaigns across Canada, the US, and Australia (!). Our goal is to collect $550,000 worth of food donations, and $50,000 in online donations. To thank all our Trick or Eaters, we also have a great selection of prizes this year, including two WestJet tickets to one lucky fundraiser.

We know our Trick or Eaters are going to do their best to collect lots of food tonight, but we need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $50,000.

A donation of just $10 allows us to to provide ten meals through one of the 75+ food banks that Trick or Eat supports. We do this through a donation directly to the food bank and by providing year-round support through our Chapter Network to run programs to address food security issues across Canada. Trick or Eat donations will be accepted until November 9th.

The Meal Exchange staff team will be in office until the west coast campaigns wrap up tongiht to provide support to campaigns across the country, share updates on social media, and share unofficial results with everyone. Add your voice to the conversation by using #TrickorEat2013 on Twitter and Instagram, or following Meal Exchange on Facebook or Twitter.

We hope your Trick or Eat is spooktacular!

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The 2013-2014 semester has been going exceptionally well for Meal Exchange's Chapter Network from coast to coast. Most campus chapters participated in their various university and college orientation campaigns, and have recruited a strong team of volunteers to help with their Trick or Eat and other event planning. Although Trick or Eat remains the focus for the chapter network over the next few weeks, chapters are already beginning to plan events for the rest of the school year, including presenting StomachThis! workshops, Hunger Awareness events in March 2014, and some new and exciting programs that we can't wait to profile.

This year also saw two new chapters join the Meal Exchange family. We're excited to announce the formation of Meal Exchange chapters at Simon Fraser University and Mount Saint Vincent University. Stay tuned to the chapter network space for more updates from all of our chapters.

Finally, to students who are interested in bringing Meal Exchange work to their own campus, we're always on the lookout for new chapters and chapter leaders. If you're interested in becoming a part of Canada's next generation of student food leaders on your campus, you should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

PS - That's a picture of Meal Exchange's Dalhousie chapter recruiting students for Trick or Eat!