FoodCents Seminar

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Seminar at SLC teaches students how to cook healthy food on a budget

Enactus St. Lawrence College (SLC) continues to use the power of knowledge to better the Kingston community through food literacy programming. To kick off this year’s Enactus’ FoodCents program, SLC’s Chef Professor Thomas Elia, author of Recipes for an Empty Wallet, will be hosting a groundbreaking seminar September 10 from 10:30 to 11:30am in Davies Hall on the Kingston campus of St. Lawrence College.

At the seminar students will receive a copy of Recipes for an Empty Walletand will have a chance to win slow cookers, double-sided grills, kitchen kits, or gift cards to Loblaws and Brown’s dining services at SLC. There will be over $2000 in free prizes for those that attend!

This is not the first time Enactus SLC has held a giveaway for students. This event will mark the third year of free sampling of the cookbook’s recipes. “Learning how to shop, prepare healthful meals and budgeting are critical skills for a student’s success. Healthful eating keeps one attentive and ready to learn and budgeting is an important life skill. The earlier these skills are learned, the more successful they will be in the long term,” said Elia.

The FoodCents program has had an incredible impact on St. Lawrence College students and Kingston community members. This 2015/16 academic year alone, more than 42 seminars have been booked for students, three sampling days spanning SLC’s Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston campuses, sessions planned with the local Boys and Girls Club, and Slow Cookers for Kids and Burger Club sessions for local grade 7 and 8 students.

“Education has the power to enhance and empower the life of students and adults alike. We see this with our community partners and those who mentor our Enactus students. We see the successes in both groups,” said Emilie McIntosh, Enactus SLC General Manager. The FoodCents team been able to partner with the local Limestone District School Board, Family and Children Services, and Brown’s Dining Solutions.

Phillip Brown, CEO of Brown’s Dining Solutions, has mentored Enactus members throughout the process of printing 10,000 copies of Recipes for an Empty Wallet.

“Having an individual as successful as Phillip Brown mentor us through process has been a tremendous learning opportunity for myself and other team members,” said McIntosh “I am thankful for the mentorship; his support has been incredibly valuable.”

“I was excited to be asked to mentor the Enactus Team,” said Phillip Brown. “ It’s interesting to add real time business experience to youthful enthusiasm. I think the greatest learning I have been able to provide, aside from some helpful networking opportunities, is the importance of having an acute understanding of their financial status and performance of one’s enterprise. I think that the team also learned that converting customer enthusiasm into real sales is harder than it sounds.”

Enactus SLC was recently ranked in the top four in Canada at Enactus National Competition. Enactus is an international community of student, academic and business leaders who are using entrepreneurial action to create a better, more sustainable world.

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For media information:
Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications