(TORONTO) 7 May 2019: Enactus students at Western University have created a social enterprise that partners with local farmers to source overstocked and imperfect produce, to be sold online in a fully customizable weekly food subscription box to households in the London, Ontario area. This year, they have diverted 400,000 pounds of food waste through their steady customer base of over 800 subscribers.
Enactus Western University has been awarded the 2019 Hellmann’s Real Food Rescue Best Project title by Unilever Canada’s Hellmann’s brand at the 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto.
“Canada wastes $31 billion worth of food every year,” says Karlee Sommerfeld, Brand Manager, Hellmann’s, 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. Together, we’re changing lives.”
The Hellmann’s Real Food Rescue 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 2019 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.
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 3,498 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 28,000 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
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