2020 National Student Food Summit
Toronto, ON, Canada
*Registration is now closed* If you're a student wishing to join the Summit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email, name of campus, academic program & year. We'll send you the details to join the Summit as soon as we can.*
While Meal Exchange's annual National Student Food Summit can’t take place in person this year, we’re excited to bring students together virtually for our Students for Food Justice Training series taking place from September 19th until October 3rd. Much like the in person Summit, this is a space for students who are interested in food to come together & build community, learn from inspiring speakers, and attend skill-building workshops.
About this year's theme: Students for Food Justice
Food justice needs to be a priority in our work to create food systems that are sustainable, just, and accessible. Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities face systemic barriers to access and control within food systems, from production to consumption. In the post-secondary context, food insecurity disproportionately impacts students with children, Indigenous, racialized, and international students, further increasing the barriers to accessing education.
In addition, students have little opportunity to inform and change their campus food system to prioritize their wellbeing and uphold their sustainability and social justice values. The Students for Food Justice training series is all about nourishing the future of campus food by using a justice lens to deepen our collective knowledge of the food system, and creating space for students to build skills to create change to increase their power within campus food systems.
Who? Post-secondary students from anywhere in Canada can attend.
When? Opening session will take place Sept 19th from 1-3PM EST. Closing session will take place Oct 3rd from 1-3PM EST. Subsequent sessions listed in the schedule below!
Where? The Summit will take place virtually through Zoom. Details for each session will be sent closer to the date.
Accessibility: Please indicate your accessibility needs upon registration and we will try our best to accommodate for our major panel discussions. We ask that if you request these requirements as soon as possible- ideally before September 3rd. *Unfortunately due to budget constraints we cannot offer French/other language translation at this year's Summit. We will be prioritizing finding sources of funding for this going forward.
Early Bird Special: The first 30 students to register will receive a free copy of Joshna Maharaj's book, Take Back the Tray! A food justice reading group will be launched during the Summit, with this as our first read (you are not expected to read the book prior to the event).
Deadline: The final registration deadline is September 18th at 2pm EST.
Grocery giftcard ticket: As part of the Summit we will be hosting a community kitchen where students can follow along a recipe and cook together virtually. If you require support in order to participate, please select a grocery gift card ticket, provide your address at checkout, and we will arrange to have a gift card mailed to you so that you can participate.
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