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Enactus Okanagan College dominates national hunger relief challenge
Okanagan College Media Release

For the fourth year in a row, Enactus Okanagan College has won the top spot at the Enactus National Exposition and has been crowned the country’s 2013 Help Hunger Disappear champion.Enactus May 2013

The Okanagan College team is the only Enactus team in Canada to have won the challenge, which was created four years ago with support from Campbell Company of Canada. The team won the inaugural challenge in 2010 and has continued to dominate the hunger relief initiative for four consecutive years.

The team was presented with their award last night at the national Enactus exposition in Toronto, where they are vying for three additional national awards in the areas of the Entrepreneurship Challenge, EcoLiving Green Challenge, and as the overall National team.

“The Enactus Okanagan College team stood out again this year for their continued teamwork and commitment to lasting hunger solutions in their community,” said Mark Childs, Vice President of Marketing, Campbell Company of Canada. “Their boundless energy, passion and creativity continue to impress – they are truly role models for us all.”

The team from Okanagan College was recognized for their work to raise more than 54,000 pounds of food for Food Banks throughout the region. Creating and delivering 11 hunger relief initiatives, the Enactus Okanagan College students implemented projects in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.

Their projects ranged from the Farm Bag Fundraiser, in which the students work with local farmers to distribute local produce, making farming more viable and sustainable through a franchisable model, to MOMentum, which empowers single mothers with information about how to cook healthy and affordable meals and connects them with financial skills to better manage their lives.

“Everyone at Okanagan College is extremely proud of the good work our students are doing to transform their communities,” said College President Jim Hamilton. “It is certainly an honour to win this award for the fourth year in a row but more important than the award is the collaboration and support our students receive from the many organizations, schools and non-profits they work with to develop their hunger relief projects. Partnerships of this kind are incredibly important to their education and to creating sustainable long term change in our communities.”