Securing Food within Communities
Mosaic fights hunger in our communities in a variety of ways, including food drives, sponsored meals, community gardens, financial and product donations, and education. In 2017 and in partnership with the Regina Food Bank in Saskatchewan, Mosaic announced $50,000 in funding for the Food Bank’s Urban Agriculture Project’s Outreach Program.
The program delivered 48 garden towers and interactive educational tools to 15 schools throughout Regina to educate students about where their food comes from, how it is grown and the reality of global and local hunger. Mosaic’s funding helped develop learning materials and tool kits for students and teachers to use in their classrooms and during visits to the year-round greenhouse located at the Food Bank. The Food Bank’s greenhouse currently provides fresh produce to enhance donated non-perishable goods, and some community schools are also using the in-classroom garden towers as a way to supplement their own feeding programs with meal planning and lunches.
Mosaic employee and community members at a food donation event in Central Florida.
Social Impact Bond
In Regina, Saskatchewan, our support of the Mother Teresa Middle School and its economically disadvantaged students—of which approximately 70 percent are First Nations or Métis—represents how we collaborate with partners to strengthen the community.
In 2016, Mosaic announced funding $1 million CAD Social Impact Bond to improve the school’s performance and graduation rates over the next five years. When announced, only about 48 percent of students with similar demographics as the school’s students graduated on time. If the school achieved an 82 percent Grade 12 graduation rate, the provincial government would repay Mosaic the principal and interest equal to 1.3% annually. With a 75 percent graduation rate, three quarters of the principal would be repaid, without interest. Below 75 percent, no repayment would be made.
In its first year, the Social Impact Bond had a 95 percent graduation rate—which is well above the target of 82 percent.
Potash employees volunteered at Mother Teresa school to pack holiday food hampers.