(TORONTO) 14 May 2018: At Saint Mary’s University, students use food waste to solve food insecurity through two different initiatives: an affordable produce bundle service and a restaurant token program that serves people in need.
A team of students from Saint Mary’s University was awarded $20,000 through the McCain Social Enterprise Project Accelerator at the 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto.
As Enactus Saint Mary’s Square Roots project expands across the province, bundle sales have increased by 400% and token sales by 300% since May. Over 3,000 people have been directly impacted, 3M litres of water conserved and 30,000 pounds of waste diverted.
McCain Foods and its subsidiaries have been at the heart of the New Brunswick community for over 60 years – our Canadian Headquarters in Florenceville and the headquarters of our Day & Ross Transportation business in Hartland. “Our partnership with Enactus helps us pay forward the same entrepreneurial spirit that our businesses were founded upon, through the next generation of leaders,” said Mark Osborne, Vice President of Human Resources at Day & Ross Transportation Group (a McCain Foods subsidiary).
The McCain Social Enterprise Project Accelerator, launched in 2015, is designed to empower Enactus teams with significant resources to identify, create and operate a social enterprise.
The Enactus Saint Mary’s University team presented to a panel of McCain & Day & Ross executives and were evaluated based on a variety of criteria including a definable project need, an economically sustainable business model, the project’s economic, social or environmental impact, budget and more.
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.