National food charter gives students a voice on campus about food issues
Published Friday, August 17, 2012 8:32AM EDT
TORONTO -- A national student food charter will be launched in conjunction with a summit being held this weekend at the University of Toronto.
The non-profit Meal Exchange, which is hosting the three-day gathering at Hart House, says the charter is a unified vision for how food is handed on campuses and in communities across Canada.
Meal Exchange has worked with youth for the last 14 years to collect food to help fill the shelves of their local food banks while educating youth to develop long-term sustainable solutions to hunger and food insecurity in their communities.
"The charter will raise the bar for campuses to develop food systems that are socially responsible and accountable to the student voice," Caitlin Colson, student food network co-ordinator for Meal Exchange, said in a statement.
The idea for the charter emerged at last year's summit. It was developed from more than 400 student voices and through 25 peer-led consultation sessions.
Meanwhile, the summit gives students from across the country a chance to interact with their peers and leaders from a variety of sectors and backgrounds, such as health, poverty, the environment and the food industry.