Where is the Summit taking place?

The 2017 National Student Food Summit is taking place at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. We would like to acknowledge the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and where the Summit will be taking place.

Do I need to arrange my own transport?

Delegates will have to arrange their own transportation to the University of Guelph. There are direct GoTrain buses to the University of Guelph from Toronto’s Union Station, Mississauga’s Square One and downtown Guelph. Through our Summit Facebook group, we encourage delegates to coordinate carpooling.

Where can I stay during the summit?

We recommend that students stay at the University of Guelph accommodation for a close, community-feel at a reduced rate. You can secure accommodations on our registration page.

I’m really interested in food, but I don’t know anything about Meal Exchange.  Should I still attend?

We welcome any student who is passionate about food to join the Summit. Meal Exchange programs and content are a key focus of the conference so we encourage students to be interested in learning about and joining Meal Exchange.

Do I need to have worked on food issues on campus to register?

The Summit is a great place to learn from students who have worked on food issues on campus and deepen your knowledge of the food system. You do not have to have worked on food issues on campus, but we do encourage you to think of projects you’d be interested in getting involved in on campus to make sure the Summit provides you the most value possible!

How much does the Summit cost?

The Summit admission cost is $250 dollars. This admission cost provides you with content and meals from June 23-25. This cost does not include accommodation, experiential learning opportunities (June 22) nor transport to and from the University of Guelph. This cost does not include activities outside of the conference (e.g. an evening out after the conference).

Are there supports for funding?

Yes! Many campuses support student admission, accommodation and travel costs for the Summit. Please look at our Summit Fundraising letter of support.

I can’t get campus funding and can’t afford $250. Is there a reduced admission cost?

We ask that you sign up for our bursary fund on our registration page.  We may not be able to support every student who applies for the fund, but will try our best to support you to join the Summit.

I am really interested but not sure if I’ll be able to make it. What can I do?

We hope you can come! Please email summit@mealexchange.com to let us know that you are interested!

I have dietary restrictions. Can you accommodate them?

As you might have guessed, we love food. We ask for your dietary restrictions in our registration and will work with the amazing chefs at the University of Guelph to ensure we meet your dietary needs.

I have some ideas to share at the Summit, how can I do that?

The Summit will have many opportunities to connect with other delegates and share your ideas. If you would like to present at the Summit, we welcome you to apply to our Call for Student Presentation Proposals here.

Will there be childcare at the Summit?

We will be working with partners at the University of Guelph to ensure safe childcare. Please note that childcare is required in your registration form.

Is the Summit wheelchair accessible?

The Summit location is wheelchair accessible. Please note your accessibility needs in your registration form so that we can ensure elements of the Summit can meet your needs.

What are some fun things to do in Guelph?

Surrounded by the rolling hills and vibrant agricultural landscape of southwestern Ontario, Guelph has so much to offer. We will be connecting with many partners in Guelph and share ideas and maps with all delegates upon arrival.

I attended last year, what’s different this year?

Every year, we integrate new ideas, feedback and experiences to the Summit. It is our hope that each Summit experience builds upon the last. The Summit cost has risen this year by $50. This is due to location and food costs. We have created a bursary fund and fundraising supports to make the Summit accessible.

How can I get even more involved?

We would love for you to be involved in our Summit Student Committee. Sign-up here.