Summit Takeaways

Our 11th Annual National Student Food Summit left us all with big smiles and full of excitement about the upcoming year. This year’s retreat-style Summit, brought together over 40 students from Newfoundland to British Columbia, and most provinces in between. Our far-reaching network took this opportunity to build connections with each other, guest speakers, and Meal Exchange staff as friends and resources through early morning yoga sessions and well into the evening over bonfires and smores. For photos of everything in between, check out our facebook album - photo credits to Ali Hinch.

We learned an incredible amount from our speakers and students. Session notes are available here.

We wanted to share our top 3 takeaways from #NSFS2014:

  1. There is both a need for food systems change in Canada, and an opportunity to strengthen and leverage the student voice within Canada on food issues 

  2. Students leaders and groups on campus are setting precedents as changemakers on their campuses and in their communities - from transforming hamper-style campus food access programs into spaces for advocacy, gardening, and nourishment, to changing the shape of their supply chain - change is taking root 

  3. There is tremendous interest from our network to work together to bridge the divide between food access and food sustainability work on campus and in communities. 

The success of our retreat relied heavily on the support of our Summit planning committee, summer staff team, volunteers, supporters, speakers, and delegates a-like. Summit session notes will be posted online soon. 

We can hardly wait to get together again next year!