What we do

Meal Exchange works towards two goals: addressing student food insecurity and increasing the amount of community-based, sustainable, socially-just and humane food on campus. We support over 6,000 volunteers to run programs in over 100 communities across the country to build the sustainable and just food systems needed in Canada. 

Meal Exchange Programs include:

Meal Exchange Chapters are the campus branch of Meal Exchange. Student coordinators lead up MX events and actions which focus on issues important to their communities. 

Meal Exchange has collected data from post-secondary  students regarding their financial access to food, the barriers that limit access, and the physical, emotional, and social impacts on our youth. Find out more about how you can get involved with our student food insecurity work here.

The Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and post-secondary campuses to create a sustainable, socially just, humane and healthy food system.

The National Student Food Summit is our conference that engages youth from across Canada on campus-related food issues. By bringing together multiple sectors including government, academics, non-profit organizations, food industry, and more; students are provided with authentic youth leadership development, networking opportunities and a platform to share ideas and strategies.  

Trick or Eat® puts a new spin on the annual night of giving – Halloween.  Instead of candy, community members across North America raise awareness, funds and food to address food insecurity. Each year, more than 5,000 youth get involved to support over 80 food agencies. 

Share a Meal (formally Skip a Meal) was Meal Exchange’s very first program. Share a Meal is part of Meal Exchange’s work to build more just and sustainable food systems by connecting with local communities and addressing immediate hunger needs while conducting research and advocating for large-scale policy change. Share a Meal has raised over $400,000 worth of food and non-perishable food items, items that would have otherwise gone undonated.

The Meal Exchange Campus Garden Network is a platform to foster connections and resources for students across the country and advocate on behalf of an alternative food system that is growing across the country.