(TORONTO) 14 May 2018: To address food insecurity in Nova Scotia, students from Saint Mary’s University created Square Roots, a community-supported program that creates employment through the sale of imperfect produce and surplus restaurant meals.  In the last year, the program has delivered over 30,000 of imperfect produce and served over 16,000 meals that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Enactus Saint Mary’s University has been awarded the 2018 Hellmann’s Food Security Challenge Best Project title by Unilever Canada’s Hellmann’s brand at the 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto.

“In Canada, close to 4 million people do not have access to enough food for adequate nutrition and well-being” says Karlee Sommerfeld, Hellmann’s Brand Manager, Unilever Canada.  “We are proud to work with Enactus to support the innovative thinking that helps increase communities’ access to healthier, more affordable and sustainable food sources. We are impressed by the thoughtfulness and creativity displayed by all the Enactus teams that submitted projects for the Hellmann’s Food Security Challenge this year and proud to partner with Enactus to help change lives.”

The Hellmann’s Food Security Challenge 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.

The 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition unites 1,500 delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs to enable progress by supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education.

For competition results throughout the event, please follow @Enactus_Canada on Twitter. All event results will also be published on enactus.ca/events/national-exposition.


ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,300 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 26,000 lives.

As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.

ABOUT UNILEVER CANADA: Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. In Canada, the Unilever portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe®, Becel®, Ben & Jerry’s®, Breyers®, Degree®, Dove® personal care products, Hellmann’s®, Klondike®, Knorr®, Lipton®, Magnum®, Nexxus®, Popsicle®, Q-Tips®, Simple®, St. Ives®, TRESemmé®, and Vaseline®. All of the preceding brand names are owned or used under license by Unilever Canada Inc.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

For more information on Unilever Canada and its brands visit: www.unilever.ca

To connect with Unilever Canada via Twitter follow: @unilever_Canada

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