Refresh is one of eight projects at Enactus Simon Fraser University, a global student run not-for-profit organization that utilizes entrepreneurship to make our communities more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Refresh is a social enterprise that collects bruised and imperfect produce, that would normally go to waste, and creates a variety of delicious food products. We have partnered with multiple local grocers as suppliers for the imperfect produce, as well as a local commercial kitchen to create these delicious products. The goal of the program is to provide an alternate future for imperfect produce in order to prevent food wastage within our community. Through various pop-up shops, Refresh volunteers educate the community/shoppers with knowledge on how to mitigate food wastage. Refresh currently sells at the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. However, Refresh also sells at community events with environmental and food wastage themes such as Recyclefest. The profits generated from our products is reinvested into the project to improve operations. To expand the product line, Refresh is currently researching and testing produce that can be turned into delicious food products. To scale the project, Refresh is planning to sell their products in local grocery stores and hire marginalized individuals to produce the jam. The end goal is to develop Refresh into a self sustaining project that can be transitioned into the community.
Funded by Awesome Without Borders (March 2019)