Things have been buzzing around the Meal Exchange office these past few weeks. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the work we do- we’re a national youth-led charity that engages students across Canada to address hunger in their communities.
At the moment, we’re gearing up for our May fundraising campaign- ‘Fill ‘er Up- Meal Exchange’s Grocery Cart Challenge’. Our goal is to raise $5000 by May 31st through the combined efforts of individual donations across Canada. It’s amazing how even small contributions can really add up- we’re asking students to donate $12, or the cost of attending a movie and adults to donate $28- the cost of going out to a nice restaurant. If the $5000 target is reached, it will enable us to provide 6000 meals for those in need. What makes it even better is that Molson has agreed to match all donations made! If you’re interested in contributing or want to watch our grocery cart fill throughout the month as donations come in, visit us at www.mealexchange.com starting May 5th!
As part of our May Campaign, we’re also partnering with the Bishop Strachan school here in Toronto to host a unique benefit event that will assist us in our youth-led hunger reduction initiatives. Adapting our Portraits of Hunger program, the students really have gone above & beyond to tell the stories of those most vulnerable in the Toronto community. The performance called ‘4 Corners’ is an original play based on transcripts, interview & outreach work on the subject of hunger in Toronto. This will be a one of a kind event showcases the talent of Bishop Strachan students as they showcase the real stories of those facing hunger in our community. You can catch the performance on either May 20th or 21st and can purchase tickets online at www.mealexchange.com. Hope to see you there!
And last but definitely not least- it’s National Volunteer Week! Our organization has just 2 staff & so the work that we do across Canada happens BECAUSE of our student volunteers. Not only are they are the one’s on the ground where all the magic happens, but they are dedicated & incredibly enthusiastic individuals that have a vision for a country without hunger- and they inspire everyone they work with- myself included!
Leisha Zamecnik, Communications and Program Manager, Meal Exchange.