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According to
the Meals exchange program coordinator Merryn Maynard, many students across the
board aren’t satisfied with the campus food. In fact, Meal Exchange, a
Toronto-based charity supporting student-led food activism, talked to 2,668
Ontario university students for its first campus food report card. One of their
goals was for the students voices to be heard. They found that less than 1 in
10 students would recommend campus food to a friend and that just a quarter of
students felt that the food helped them keep a healthy diet. Also, the report
shows that 61% of students said the food at their school was tasty, 48 % said
there was a pretty good variety of options, under half said they had fresh food
options and most said it was important for them that their school buy and serve
local food. All in all, the Meal Exchange Program gave the campus food a mark
of 55% for healthiness, affordability and accessibility to local foods. The
survey also included feedback from 15 food service representatives and
management from 35 campus food outlets which gave themselves an overall score
of 79 percent.

On top of that
Mike Schreiner, the leader of the Green Party of Ontario is calling for real
action to ensure that the students at the province’s university and college
campuses have access to quality, fresh and local food as they desire. He
believes that instead of having the publicly funded Universities and Colleges
sell their food service rights to corporate food chains that they should be
supporting local growers and distributors since this only makes common sense
that Ontario students should have access to fresh food products from local farms
who create local jobs.

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On one side, the report showed that some
universities are doing a very good job of providing fresh and local food
options for its students. For example, the University of Guelph came out on top
of the survey because they are very passionate about food. In fact, they manage
food service in-house rather than through an outside caterer, they serve 10%
local foods, they have access to the university’s agricultural research centers
and they have a kitchen space to freeze or can vegetables for off-season use. The
director of the school explains that achieving all this was a long process and
that their next goal is to compost food waste. Trent University in Peterborough
and the University of Waterloo also have local food programs that could be
duplicated on campuses across Ontario to help students and farmers. Finally,
the program that could be expanded to other post-secondary institutions is at
the University of Toronto’s St. George campus takes part in the Greenbelt
Fund’s Local Food Challenge to raise student awareness about locally-grown food
options and runs Veggie Mondays offering a discount on vegetarian meals.

On another
side, the report also shows that many universities and colleges still have room
for improvement. These schools could have gotten a lower score due to the fact
that they are in an old catering contract because most new ones seem to include
goals for things like healthier and local foods.