I’ve heard many students, community members, and staff members ask, “Why does food matter? Why should I care about food issues and what Meal Exchange is doing?” Here’s why:
- Food is a human right.  However, many Canadians cannot afford or access good, healthy food and experience food insecurity. According to a 2012 study, 4 million Canadians, including 1.15 million children, experience some level of food insecurity.
- Food production, distribution, and retail and waste are one of the major leading causes of climate change. An estimated 44-57% of all human-produced greenhouse gas emissions come from a global food system that is increasingly unsustainable.
- Food directly impacts the mental and physical health of our communities.
- Food issues can be addressed at the community level. We can help create just, sustainable, and healthy food systems through grassroots efforts such as community gardens, kitchens, and food centres.
- Food brings people together. Food issues cannot be addressed without talking about, and exemplifying, the positive, enjoyable, life sustaining, nutritious, and social experience food can and should be.
We need to address food issues. As the product of the world’s largest economic sector and a necessity of life, food is essential to the health of our minds, bodies, communities, and environment.
 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25