"Meal Exchange The University of Western Ontario Chapter - PowerPoint"
First General Meeting Monday, September 29th 2008 Overview • Intro • About Meal Exchange • Our programs • How you can get involved: – Volunteer opportunities, events, etc The Problem Years since the all party resolution to end child poverty: 17. > Change in the number of hungry children since then: +157,917 2.6 million Canadians Suffer From Hunger Percentage of food banks with difficulty meeting demand: 34.5% Over 750,000 people use food banks in Canada each month- A 99.3% increase since 1989. How can this happen in a country like Canada? Apathy. Stereotypes Feeling helpless. “It’s not my problem.” 39% of food bank users in Canada are children. It’s everyone’s problem. It’s our responsibility. The solution? About Meal Exchange… • Established in 1993 by Rahul Raj from Wilfred Laurier University • First program was Skip-A-Meal® • In 1996 Raj and Saunders wrote a thesis to serve as a guide for Meal Exchange as a non-profit organization • 1998 – Meal Exchange incorporates registered charitable foundations • 2008 – University of Western Ontario Chapter established as an official USC club What is Meal Exchange? • Meal Exchange is a national youth-driven, registered charity organized to address local hunger by mobilizing the talent and passion of students. • Since it was founded in 1993 by 17-year-old Rahul Raj, our programs have been run on over 50 campuses across Canada and raised over $2 million dollars worth of food or 800,000 meals to address local hunger. What is Meal Exchange? Our Mission: Addressing hunger through student solutions. Our Vision: To help eliminate the root causes of hunger and poverty by engaging tomorrow's leaders, today. Who we are • Co-presidents – Colin Suen and Patricia Hizo- Abes • VP Promotions – Kevin Banks • VP Volunteer (Human Resources) – Melanie Hudson • VP Outreach – Brandon Hone • VP Campus Relations – Denise Clegg Who we are • Volunteer Executive – Casey Whitelock, Kimberly Heaslip • First Year Executive and Residence Liaison – Stella Chan, Michelle Jennet • Promotions Executive – Luis Quail • VP Finance – Christine Stolarz • VP Administration – Heather Andrighetti Our Key Programs Trick or Eat® • is Meal Exchange’s most successful program. • $10 000 worth of food raised by MX-UWO last year • $2600 collected in donations • FUN and EASY! Our Key Programs Clear the Shelves!® • a program that encourages students to literally clear their shelves at the end of the academic year. • allows students an opportunity to donate food, clothing and furniture to community members in need. • Collected from students living on-campus and off-campus Our Key Programs Skip a Meal® • allows student meal plan holders an opportunity to donate a meal from their meal plan to purchase food at wholesale prices to support local hunger causes. • All food provided to the community through Skip a Meal is food that would have otherwise gone un-donated and 100% of student donations • generated on campus stays within their community What you can do to help Tasks for Trick-or-Eat • Distribute door hangers – Lots of teams of 2-4 people • Chalk team – 5-10 people • Decorations and banners – 4-6 people What’s in store for this year First Semester • October -> midterms – Trick-or-Eat, Trick-or-Eat, Trick-or-Eat • November – Soup kitchen/food bank visits – Get Skip-a-Meal started (2 people) • December -> finals, Christmas break – Holiday train What’s in store for this year • January -> end of Christmas break – Clubs week II – General Meeting II • February -> midterms, reading week – Hunger awareness week • March – Soup kitchen/food bank visits – Executive elections • April -> finals – Clear the Shelves and Snag some bags Questions?