The Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team from Okanagan College has been named the 2011 Let’s Can Hunger Challenge National Champion for the consecutive second year, by national charitable organization Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship.
The awards presentation took place at the 2011 ACE National Exposition on May 9 in Toronto.
The team implemented 31 initiatives and raised over 80,000 pounds of food through the Let’s Can Hunger program, including a campaign at nine Kelowna and Vernon area high schools, the development of three community gardens in the Okanagan Valley, and a Hunger Week that involved participation from local college students and the community at large.
“We are so proud to have had all 97 members of our team involved in our Let’s Can Hunger projects this year,” said Sattu Dhaliwal, president of SIFE Okanagan.
“We appreciate the support we received from the entire Okanagan Valley to help raise so much food and awareness for an issue that touches every community in Canada.”
By supporting the Let’s Can Hunger Challenge, Campbell Soup Company has engaged students from Australia, Mexico, the United States and Canada in a powerful movement to provide hunger relief, build the foundation for lasting hunger support through innovative initiatives, and generate awareness of the issue of hunger in these countries.
“SIFE students from across Canada raised an extraordinary 314,000 pounds of food through this year’s Let’s Can Hunger challenge,” said Mark Childs, vice-president of marketing for Campbell Canada, the corporate sponsor of this program.
“The SIFE Okanagan College team stood out by making a significant and lasting impact their community. We are inspired in our efforts to help alleviate hunger in Canada by these impressive achievements.”
Hundreds of students from 32 university and college teams have implemented more than 146 initiatives that have raised over 315,745 pounds of food to help individuals in urgent need in their communities and abroad.