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Enactus Members Prepare for Dubai

Date Published: November 2, 2018

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage visited Saint Mary’s University on Thursday, November 1 to watch a presentation by Enactus Saint Mary’s, before the team heads off to the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference in Dubai next week.

Enactus Saint Mary’s Co-Presidents Leslie Gates and Ciaro Moxey and team member Sehmat Suri will be traveling to Dubai with their two advisors Michael Sanderson and Jason Turner on November 9. While in Dubai, the students will present their social enterprise Square Roots which aims to reduce food waste and food insecurity. The business addresses these issues in two ways: The Bundle Service and The Token Program. The Bundle Service is a monthly food subscription, using produce that is rejected from grocery stores due to physical imperfections and sold in 10 pound bundles. Bundles sell for $5 or $10 depending on what the customer can afford. The Bundle Service is currently being offered in 13 different communities in Nova Scotia, with each franchise being operated by a community member who wanted to make food more accessible in their area.

The Token Program aims to reduce food waste in restaurants by selling physical and digital tokens for $5, which can be exchanged for a cooked meal at any of their 11 partner restaurants. The meals are made up of ingredients that the restaurants predict to throw away by the end of the day. Square Roots is helping local farmers and restaurant owners to reduce waste, save on disposal costs, and adopt a new source of revenue, while also making food more affordable and accessible.

Big industry leaders such as the Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, Senior Advisor of Subway, along with many others will be present at the conference. The Enactus team hopes to develop new partnerships that will help them expand The Token Program worldwide.

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