Spotlight on Agape Table

And yet another worthwhile organization that would make good use of any extra fruits or veggies you might have.

Agape Table

Agape Table is committed to providing a community-based program, nourishing the body, mind, and spirit of our guests in a cost effective and financially responsible manner.

Agape uses donated fruit to prepare meals for guests from Monday to Friday.

Contact Information

Street Address:175 Colony Street

Phone: 204-783-6369

Website: www.agapetable.ca

Donations Accepted

Fruit

Apples, apricots, berries, crab apples, grapes, sour cherries, plums

Other Food Items

Homemade preserves (labeled & dated), juice (100% fruit), sugar, coffee whitener, peanut butter, commercial sized cans of beans, pasta, garden vegetables.

Spotlight on Resource Assistance for Youth

Here’s yet another option for you to consider when trying to decide what to do with extra fruit.

Resource Assistance for Youth

Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY) is a non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29. It provides youth with what they need, on their terms, to better their lives by being the crucial link between street-entrenched youth and much-needed support services.

RaY uses donated fruit to prepare meals and fill food hampers.

Contact Information

Street Address: 125 Sherbrook Street

Phone: 204-783-5617

Website: www.rayinc.ca

Donations Accepted

Fruit

Apples, apricots, berries, crab apples, grapes, rhubarb, sour cherries, plums

Other Food Items

Guide to Backyard Fruit – Harvesting Options – What to do and who to call if you can’t harvest your fruit.

Progress on the Guide to Backyard Fruit is coming along nicely.  I’m currently working on the “Harvesting Options” section.  In this chapter, I’d like to list as many options and ideas for homeowners who are unable to harvest their own fruit as possible.  The goal is to have fruit being used not wasted.

What ideas would you suggest for this chapter of the Guide?

Here’s what I’ve got so far…

Harvesting Options 

If you are unable to harvest your fruit yourself, for whatever reason, here are some options to consider:
  • Register your fruit with Fruit Share to come harvest your fruit for you.  Fruit Share will send a team of volunteers who will pick your fruit and then split it three ways 1/3 stays with you (if you’d like), 1/3 is split between the volunteers and 1/3 is shared with community food charities.  
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Spotlight on Teen Challenge

Here’s another worthwhile organization to consider for making food donations.
Teen Challenge

Teen Challenge is a 12-month, faith-based, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The program has a strong faith-based approach and offers spiritual, academic and vocational training that helps equip individuals to return to society as responsible citizens.

Teen Challenge uses donated fruit to prepare meals, fill food hampers, share with other organizations, and process for future use.

Contact Information:
Street Address: 414 Edmonton
Phone: 949-9484 ext. 2011
Website: www.teenchallenge.mb.ca

Donations Accepted
Fruit
Apples, apricots, berries, crab apples, grapes, rhubarb, sour cherries, plums
Other Food Items
Homemade preserves (labeled & dated), frozen fruit (labeled & dated), homebaked products (labeled & dated) garden vegetables, fresh or frozen meat (labeled & dated).
Non-Food Items
Men’s clothing and personal hygiene products, bedding, towels, mugs and cutlery

Donation Logistics

Spotlight on Forward House Ministries

Consider Forward House Ministries as a place to donate any extra fruits or veggies you might have available. And, if you’re thinking about all those extra preserves from last summer that you need to move to make room for this year’s harvest, Forward House will gladly take those too.
Here’s the description of Forward House Ministries that will be included in the new
“Guide to Backyard Fruit”.

Forward House Ministries

Forward House is a Christian home for men and children who are trying to get their lives back on track.  Forward House operates five houses in a row and uses donated food to prepare meals for 40 people three times a day, every day.

Contact Information
Street Address: 407 Chalmers Avenue (main house)
Phone: 204-471-1244

Where to Donate Fruit in Winnipeg

Once in a while we get emails or phone calls inquiring where people can donate fruit and other perishable food in Winnipeg.  They’re eager to share, they just don’t have information about where to go.

We’d like to help.  We’re working on developing a complete list of organizations that accept food donations and all the details about when, how much, where, etc.  All this information will be collected and published in an online and printed guide that we call Guide to Backyard Fruit.

Thanks to funding from the Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance and the Canadian Home Economics Foundation, this guide will be completely free of charge to charities, libraries, community organizations and neighbourhood associations.