Enactus Saint Mary’s has been awarded the 2017 Hellmann’s Food Security Challenge Best Project by Enactus Canada and Unilever Canada’s Hellmann’s brand. The award presentation took place on Tuesday, May 9th at the 2017 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Vancouver.
The award comes as a result of the work of Enactus Saint Mary’s students to address food insecurity in Nova Scotia through the creation of the Square Roots program. Square Roots is a community-supported agriculture program that encourages individuals to subscribe to healthy and affordable produce bundles. The program also provides employment opportunities to at-risk youth in Halifax.
“We need locally-inspired and innovative thinking to address the issue of food insecurity in Canada and we appreciate the passion and creativity of the Enactus teams that participated in this challenge” said Matt Price, Director, Unilever Canada. “The idea put forward by the Enactus Saint Mary’s team demonstrates that ingenuity and dedication to this issue and will help increase Nova Scotian residents’ access to healthier and more affordable food.”
The Hellmann’s Food Security Challenge, new this year, was designed to recognize and reward Enactus teams that address food insecurity, while creating social and economic opportunities that will strengthen the well-being of communities. Four teams have been selected to receive $15,000 in total funding.
“We are proud to recognize Enactus Saint Mary’s for using business innovation to tackle food insecurity in Nova Scotia, a province that maintains one of the highest rates of food insecurity in Canada. We thank Unilever and Hellmann’s for supporting young people in their mission to improve people’s lives,” said Nicole Almond, President of Enactus Canada.