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Enactus SLC’s Recipes for an Empty Wallet cookbook adopted by Library Archives Canada

2014-06-02, 12:17 PM

Recipes for an Empty Wallet, the award-winning cookbook and nutrition manual created by Enactus SLC, was recently adopted by the Library Archives Canada and will be distributed at the Ontario Association of Food Banks conference on June 6 in St. Catharines. Free printing licences will be offered to non-for-profits who wish to distribute the cookbook, as well as “train-the-trainer” videos and guides that are being developed over the summer to help agencies deliver Food Cents workshops.

Many community members and students face continuous food insecurity that make it difficult to eat healthily. Enactus St. Lawrence College (SLC) took action and focused on financial literacy and food literacy gaps. The Food Cents team developed Recipes for an Empty Wallet, which is available as a printed book, or as a free download at It is available in both English and French with a Spanish edition currently in development. The book was also designed to be accessible according to standards set out by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) Act. A series of video tutorials are also available to assist readers along their journey towards healthy eating on a budget. The tutorials can be found on Enactus SLC’s YouTube channel.

Recipes for an Empty Wallet is much more than a cookbook; it is a manual that seeks to educate readers about nutrition, food preparation, and effective grocery shopping,” said Emilie McIntosh. “The cookbook highlights millet and lentils which are low cost, high protein, and versatile products that provide a multitude of benefits to consumers.”

All recipes were developed and tested by Chef Professor Thomas Elia and a team of culinary students from St. Lawrence College. Enactus SLC is dedicated to short-term and long-term hunger relief; for further information on the programs or to obtain a license, please contact our Food Cents team.

Contact: Emilie McIntosh, co-lead Food Cents,


About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 345 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our online and continuing education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
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