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Students deliver fresh produce to the food bank

By Costa Maragos Posted: September 22, 2016 10:30 a.m.

U of R students harvested and delivered more than 13,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Regina Food Bank. The offer to pick the surplus produce came from the owner of Lincoln Gardens, Wayne Gienow (centre).
U of R students harvested and delivered more than 13,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Regina Food Bank. The offer to pick the surplus produce came from the owner of Lincoln Gardens, Wayne Gienow (centre). Photo courtesy of Enactus

It was a harvest to help the needy.

Some U of R students went way out of their way to ensure deliveries of freshly picked, Saskatchewan-grown produce to the Regina Food Bank.

The students, members of the Regina chapter of Enactus, were offered the opportunity to take all the surplus vegetables grown at Lincoln Gardens/  Corn Maiden Market in Lumsden. The offer came from the owner Wayne Gienow.

The students carpooled to Lumsden. They worked long shifts, picking, sorting and then delivering a variety of fresh vegetables. More than 13,000 pounds (5900 Kg) of much needed fresh vegetables were delivered to the food bank.

“It is very generous that Lincoln Gardens allowed their surplus of vegetables be donated towards our local food bank and to the families going through hard financial times,” says Monica Purewal, a member of Enactus Regina and a third year student in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Enactus Students
The Enactus students partnered with the university’s JDC West Team and the Hill Human Resource Club on campus to make this unique food drive a success.


Enactus students create and implement community empowerment projects and business ventures to create a positive impact on the world. There are about 50 student members of Enactus Regina from various faculties.

As is the case with other Enactus student initiatives, this was all about teamwork.

The students carpooled to Lumsden and worked in shifts. A truck was provided by Dr. Wallace Lockhart, associate professor in the Faculty of Business Administration. Lockhart delivered the produce to the Food Bank, where the produce was properly distributed to ensure the vegetables remained as fresh as possible.

“I feel like volunteering for projects such as this allowed me to recognize how much of a huge impact a collective can make towards another person,” says Purewal.

The Enactus students also partnered with the university’s JDC West Team and the Hill Human Resource Club on campus.

“I know that each and every participant that came out to our harvest initiative, left that farm feeling better about what they had accomplished that day,” says Safeeka Sayyid, a member of Enactus Regina and a third year student in the Faculty of Business Administration.

“We are nothing but thankful to professor Lockhart, Wayne Gienow, Steve Compton (CEO – Regina Food Bank) and of course all the volunteers from all walks of life that showed us that we at the University of Regina do live up to our motto ‘As one who serves.’ ”

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