Meal Exchange coordinates the student movement to transform food on Canada’s campuses. Students get involved through our national programs supporting campus kitchens, gardens and farms, food banks, food sovereignty and food procurement.


We provide mentorship and resources, connect students with their peers across the country, and provide a single point of contact for provincial and national stakeholders in business, civil society and media.


Meal Exchange engages thousands of students in projects that work to shift the food system. Here's what we're proud of:

  •  Empowering student leaders through campus food banks, gardens, and applied student research projects on over 40 post-secondary campuses.

  • Raising $1.8 million worth of food donations for community and campus food banks, and engaging over 40,000 student volunteers in 100 communities across Canada in our annual Trick or Eat campaign.

  • Capturing the voices of over 2,600 students in our Student Satisfaction Survey through the Campus Food Report Card project.

  • Promoting procurement of local, sustainable food in foodservice contracts with combined food budgets of more than $10 million annually.

  • Supporting the creation of Canada’s first national policy for campus foodservice to purchase food from campus gardens and farms.

  • Bringing student leaders together at our National Student Food Summit, running for the last 13 years.

  • Adapting and piloting the Good Food Challenge at 14 campuses in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. 


Students are demanding food that puts people and the planet before profit, and they want their campuses to step up to the plate. 

There are two million students on hundreds of campuses across Canada with over one billion dollars in food sales each year. We can leverage this purchasing power to build a food system that makes healthy, just, and sustainably-grown food more accessible for all. 

We believe that our food systems should: 

  • Support local farmers and fishers and revitalize economies

  • Ensure fair treatment and compensation for farmers and farmworkers 

  • Protect our ecosystems, address the climate emergency, and meet the needs of the present without compromising future food security

  • Ensure access to Good Food For All - where all are able to eat with dignity, sustained by affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food 

Contact Us


401 Richmond Street W

Suite 365, Toronto, ON,

M5V 3A8

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Meal Exchange is a registered charity. Our CRN is: 84052 4581 RR0001

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