Loblaw has announced an extension of its partnership with social enterprise Hope Blooms.
Through the sales of Hope Blooms Fresh Herb Dressings and Possibili-Teas specialty teas, the organization will support local youth at Toronto-area Scadding Court Community Centre, providing funding and business experience to centre participants.
At a launch event last week at the Loblaws store at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, 15 Halifax youth unveiled the Hope Blooms fresh herb dressings and teas and met with Toronto youth to share the remarkable story of how they have used social enterprise as a means to becoming agents of change in their own lives.
Hope Blooms was founded in 2008 with seven young children and a small plot of land in inner-city Halifax neighbourhood that has traditionally been affected by many of the same issues faced by urban communities across Canada. Hope Blooms currently operates an award-winning community garden, greenhouse and community kitchen. The youth grow approximately 4000 pounds of fresh produce each year which is used to make their fresh herb dressings and specialty teas, as well as feeding members of the local community.