Resources

Here you will find a wide array of resources developed by Meal Exchange, and links to additional resources developed by our friends from across North America -- Check it all out!

 

 Campus Engagement: 

Student Politics Toolkit 

 

Sustainability Resources:


FOOD SERVICE OVERVIEW TOOLKIT


This toolkit provides you with the information and support to set up a first meeting with your food service provider, administration or chefs.


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PURCHASING BASELINE TOOLKIT


This toolkit, helps you understand how big food service providers and distributors work. It will provide you with ideas & processes for how you can work together.


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SUPPLY CHAIN ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT


The goal of this toolkit is to help you figure out what local and sustainable food is available in your region, what of it your university could be buying, and what’s missing to make this happen.


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Innovative Organizing Resources:


APPLIED STUDENT RESEARCH TOOLKIT


This toolkit provide you with examples and inspiration for how you can bring the academic and operational sides of your campus together.


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MULTI- STAKEHOLDER TOOLKIT


This toolkit provides direction for the development of a strong food system group on campus.It will help you realize who you can connect to create a diverse and knowledge working group.


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NATIONAL STUDENT FOOD CHARTER


This charter was created by post-secondary students from across Canada to guide their work.The values expressed within  help provide guidance and  a compass for the student food movement.


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Chapter Resources:

 


GUIDE TO STARTING A MEAL EXCHANGE CHAPTER


Want to create a just and sustainable food system and alleviate Hunger in Canada? Then this guide, which will help you start a Meal Exchange chapter at your school is for you.

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CHAPTER TRANSITION CHECKLIST


The Transition process is very important and will directly affect the level of success that your chapter will reach during the year. This checklist can help.


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CAMPUS EVENTS MENU


Hosting events is a great way to build your chapter’s presence on campus, opportunity for your chapter to work together, and a way to recruit new team members. This guide can help by providing you with a list of event ideas from other chapters.


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CHAPTER CONSTITUTION TEMPLATE


This template will help you create your chapters constitution. A constitution is a central part of your group’s operation. It outlines your group’s mandate, membership rights, transparency, accountability and democratic principles.


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GUIDE TO CHAPTER EXECUTIVE POSITIONS


These position descriptions were created nationally by Meal Exchange as a resource and inspiration to help you define responsibilities within your chapter executive.


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CHAPTER EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW RESOURCES


If you have more than one student interested in a position, you may consider conducting interviews. Here are some  helpful interview questions prepared by Meal Exchange.


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GUIDE TO SETTING CHAPTER GOALS


The process of goal setting will help bring your membership together and orient your future activities. This guide can help.


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GUIDE TO CAMPUS FUNDRAISING


Most great and innovative ideas to tackle flaws within the food system need a little capital to help get them going. This guide can help.


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GUIDE TO BUDGETING


In order to be fiscally responsible your chapter needs to have a plan on how money will be spent. This guide can help.


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COMMUNICATION TOOLS AND THE CHAPTER NETWORK


The success of each chapter lies in their ability to utilize the resources that Meal Exchange provides, this includes connecting to the Meal Exchange Chapter network. This guide can help teach you the tools needed to connect effectively with Meal Exchange.


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UNDERSTANDING THE PILLARS OF FOOD SECURITY


You’re involved because you want help create sustainable food systems and alleviate hunger . Before you start to act, take a moment to learn about the issues so the work you do will have the maximum impact.


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UNDERSTANDING THE PILLARS OF SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS


You’re involved because you want help create sustainable food systems and alleviate hunger . Before you start to act, take a moment to learn about the issues so the work you do will have the maximum impact.


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Resources From Our Friends:


VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT FROM A TO V


Behind everything Meal Exchange does is amazing volunteers making it possible. This guide can help you to better understand, motivate and manage your volunteers so you can be successful in all of your programs


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REAL FOOD CHALLENGE GARDEN GUIDE


This comprehensive guide will help you start a garden on your campus. It was written by a student, for students, so be sure to check it out.


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ULEAD EVENT PLANNING HANDOUT


Learn about the six steps of successful event planning and the MABEL model in this great workshop handout from the University of Toronto Department of Student Life.


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SOAR SHEETS LEADERSHIP TRANSITION HANDOUT


The transition process is very important and will directly affect the level of success that your chapter will reach during the year. This guide can help.


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GREEN EVENTS GUIDE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO


Want tips on how to make your events more environmentally sustainable? Check out this great resource from the University of Toronto Sustainability Office


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A GUIDE TO SEED SAVING, SEED STEWARDSHIP & SEED SOVEREIGNTY BY THE SEED AMBASSADORS PROJECT


Want to learn more about seed saving, seed stewardship or seed sovereignty? Then check out this great guide to all things seeds by the Seed Ambassadors Project.  


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Other Great Resource Hubs:


THE REAL FOOD CHALLENGE CAMPAIGN TOOLBOX


The Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system in the United States. Their collection of resources is impressive to say the least, and served as a huge inspiration for this page.


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THE POD KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE


The Pod is a one-stop shop for in-depth information on Community Food Centre model. It contains a variety of great program modules, issues modules, organization modules, and resources applicable to all sorts of food work. Community gardens and community kitchens anyone?


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CAMPUS FOOD SYSTEMS PROJECT GOOGLE DRIVE


Working on a specific issue and not seeing resources here. Maybe we can still help. Meal Exchange has amassed a huge variety of resources and experience over it’s long history only a fraction of which are online. So feel free to email us with your specific resource queries at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll do our best.


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