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Maple Leaf Foods helps create nine new scholarships

December 2, 2019  

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Maple Leaf Foods and the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security is pleased to announce the creation of nine new $15,000 scholarships in recognition of the extraordinary contribution of David EmersonPurdy Crawford and Wallace McCain as past chairs of the Maple Leaf Foods’ board of directors.

Three scholarships will be distributed each year for three years, beginning in the 2020/2021 academic year.

“Research is critical to building our collective understanding and delivering insights that support effective intervention,” said Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods and honorary chair of the centre. “These scholarships, which honour the contribution of our past chairs, will support and encourage the important role of Canada’s academic community to drive progress and social change.”

Food insecurity is a critical issue, with over four million Canadians struggling to access the food they need to lead healthy lives. The centre’s goal is to work collaboratively across sectors to reduce food insecurity in Canada by 50 per cent by 2030. This includes supporting research that advances a better understanding of food insecurity in Canada.

These scholarships will support master’s or PhD students who propose to pursue research that contributes to the body of knowledge on food insecurity, including determinants, risk factors, impacts, and the efficacy of potential interventions such as programs, policies, and market instruments.

Candidates will be selected based on their academic preparedness, match of research to the centre’s goal, and quality of their submission, including feasibility, methodological rigour, and contribution to the body of knowledge (such as determinants, risk factors, impacts, demographic differences and interventions) on food insecurity in Canada.

The centre was created in 2016 and is governed by a board of directors, including four independent experts. Since its inception, Maple Leaf Foods has contributed a minimum of one per cent pre-tax profits annually to support the centre and other community investments, totalling over $10 million in financial contributions and gifts-in-kind.