Hunger Actions, one of Enactus SFU’s signature programs, was recently awarded a $1,500 grant through the Redefining Success contest, which is put on annually by Booster Juice Central City. As a student-run financial literacy and healthy living program for low income single mothers, this grant money will help the program continue to make a huge impact in the local community.
Since its launch in April 2011, Hunger Actions has empowered low income single mothers across the Lower Mainland to lead a healthy lifestyle while maximizing the economic value of every dollar they spend. Interactive workshops teach nutritional meal planning on a limited budget, provide dietary consulting, teach fitness and instill financial literacy skills. The program concludes with a group cooking session to demonstrate how fun cooking and eating nutritious food can be. Through the program, participants are guided towards obtaining optimal levels of health and establishing these habits among their families.
Previously, workshops were held in partnership with Newton Advocacy, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, Salvation Army, and Surrey Women’s Centre. This year, Hunger Actions is working with single mothers groups at YWCA, Salvation Army, and the Open Door Society.
Jeff Cooley, the owner of Booster Juice Central City, has been a strong supporter of Hunger Actions since the program’s inception. This year, his company provided Hunger Actions with not only this $1,500 grant, but also another donation of over $1,500 during the Christmas season. This donation acted to provide an $80 gift basket to each of the 22 single mothers participating in the program from the YWCA and Salvation Army. These homemade gift baskets were filled with healthy food, household necessities and relaxing goodies for the holiday season. You can read more about that partnership here.
Recently, the program was also chosen as one of 15 winners in the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment project partnership, winning $1,500 to help increase the reach and scale of the program. The continued success of the program could not be made possible without the amazing support that Enactus SFU’s community partners and sponsors provide the organization.
We would like to send our sincerest thanks to Jeff Cooley and Booster Juice Central City, as well as Walmart, for ensuring that low income single mothers in Metro Vancouver will continue to be reached by Hunger Actions in the future.