AT&T Global Services Canada contributes USD$12,500 to enhance the
initiatives undertaken by Meal Exchange to educate students about hunger
and address the issues
TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW/ -- AT&T Global Services Canada today announced a
contribution of USD$12,500 to Meal Exchange, a Canadian-based, national
student-founded, youth-driven charitable organization. This donation will
allow the organization to further its goal to help eliminate the root causes
of hunger and poverty by engaging tomorrow's leaders, today. Specifically, the
funds from AT&T Global Services Canada will be used to enhance education
initiatives and support Hunger Awareness Week set to occur on various campuses
across the nation.
Hunger is a major issue across Canada with 2.4 million Canadians
suffering from hunger each day. Meal Exchange is founded on the premise that
students genuinely want to help find solutions to this suffering. Meal
Exchange is dedicated to its ongoing mandate to donate food to registered
charitable organizations and individuals in need; educate students about the
root causes of hunger; create and involve students in volunteer positions with
not-for-profit organizations that address hunger and hunger-related issues;
and identify and implement student-driven solutions to hunger.
"We are thrilled to support Meal Exchange as it both provides assistance
to those suffering from hunger and, through its education initiatives,
encourages students to be active in their communities," stated David Denault,
General Manager of AT&T Global Services Canada. "Our company remains committed
to the education and development of our young people and we believe that this
organization is an inclusive one that fosters engagement and leadership
development opportunities for our future leaders."
The Meal Exchange education initiatives are committed to providing
student-led research and resources on hunger in Canada and how youth can take
action to address food insecurity in their local communities. By providing
such resources, Meal Exchange is committed to developing young community
leaders and engaged Canadian citizens.
"By focusing on education, AT&T Global Services Canada is supporting the
backbone of our success," says Dave Kranenburg, Executive Director of Meal
Exchange. "In both small towns and large cities, people are shocked by the
prevalence of hunger in their community and the reality of who is hungry. Once
they realize the scope of the problem, they are happy to support our campaigns
and that is the reason that students have been able to generate over $1
million in donations in just the last three years."
Meal Exchange also provides the necessary resources for campus chapters
to run a Hunger Awareness week each year aimed to increase student and
community awareness of these issues. The funding provides materials and
resources for the week long series of events and education campaigns, which
directly impact the fundraising initiatives in the communities to alleviate
Meal Exchange is a national student-founded, student-driven, registered
charity that helps young Canadians realize their potential to improve the
future of their communities, through meaningful opportunities to reduce local
hunger. Meal Exchange offers students in universities, colleges, and secondary
schools fun and creative programmes that blend student energy and passion with
their strengths and capacities as youth leaders.
Meal Exchange began in 1993, when 17-year-old Wilfrid Laurier student
Rahul Raj was faced with a huge balance on his university meal plan. Driven by
his grandmother's commitment to the poor in India, Rahul devised a plan to put
the extra money to good use. Convinced that students genuinely wanted to help,
he requested their assistance in delivering the donated food to local social
organizations. Incorporated in 1998, Meal Exchange has built a national
network of chapters and supported thousands of students across Canada in
raising nearly $2.5 million to address local hunger.
About Philanthropy at AT&T
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partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities;
promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In
2007, AT&T contributed more than $164 million through corporate-, employee-
and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the
corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, combine more than $1.9 billion of
historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.
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