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Since 1962, ImagineAbility has provided opportunities to adults living with an intellectual disability and today over 200 people attend our Day Programs located in Winnipeg. Our Vision is “to provide growth and opportunity to people with intellectual disabilities,” and our Mission is “to help people with intellectual disabilities to gain contributive and valued roles in society through meaningful employment and other supported activities.”


The cafeteria at 500 Madison provides nutritious, affordable meals to the people supported by ImagineAbility.


Contact Information

Street Address:  500 Madison Street
Phone: 204-956-9700


Donations Accepted

Fruit, Vegetables

Donation Logistics


Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 3 pm

Pan Am Place

PAP photoPan Am Place

Pan Am Place is a transitional housing facility for at-risk-youths (males aged 18-25). Pan Am’s primary objective is to provide our residents with a “healthy living” environment which includes healthy nutritious meals 3 times per day plus snacks, requiring all residents to participate in fitness & nutrition programs, and to provide job skills or return to school guidance and training with a view to independent living.


Contact Information

Street Address: 88 Arthur St., Wpg Mb, R3B 1H3



Donations Accepted

  • Any fruits (fresh or frozen).
  • Garden Vegetables.
  • Fresh or frozen meat.
  • Homebaked products.
  • Dry goods and canned goods.

What’s the Buzz about Fruit Share?

Welcome to new friends and familiar ones! We are looking forward to the 2014 season ahead. In the meantime, we thought this would be a great opportunity to share more information about the organization and what we are about.


The Back Story

The revolution began in the spring of 2010. Frustrated with fresh, local, nutritious fruit going to waste, and the desire to help others, Getty Stewart started Fruit Share in her South Osborne neighborhood. The inspiration to create Fruit Share came to Getty after reading an article about volunteer fruit rescuing operations in cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Victoria. During the first summer, 10 volunteers harvested over 1,600 pounds of fruit at 20 picks and calls started to come in from all over Winnipeg. By the second year, Fruit Share grew to a stunning 201 volunteers harvesting over 7,300 pounds of fruit from 153 registered fruit owners.

Spotlight on The Laurel Centre

The Laurel Centre provides individual and group counselling to women whose lives have been impacted by childhood sexual abuse.  We recognize addictions and other compulsive coping behaviours, as long term consequences of unresolved trauma.

Contact Info

Street Address: 104 Rosyln Road
Phone: (204) 783-5460

Donations Accepted
Fruit, other food items and non-food items.

Donation Logistics
When: Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: 104 Roslyn Road

Symphony of the Soil

Manitoba Premiere of Symphony of the Soil

Manitoba is celebrating Organic Week (September 21 – 28th) by premièring a fabulous new documentary by Deborah Koons Garcia, director of the Future of Food.

OFCM calendarSymphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.”

Share Seeds – Spread the Love!

The following is a message from Jeff Shwaluk. If you would like to help him with his mission, contact him at

Hello, I own a couple of properties and currently only have raspberries that I transplanted from my hometown farm. I planted them at the front fence for everybody walking by to help themselves.

They all love them so much but they spread so slowly and I was hoping to expand into a wide variety of non-GMO local fruits. I could plant them at edge of properties where people in need could help themselves.

Looking for a Charity?

Below is a message from Jeri Stern, founder of Winnipeg Food Share:

I’d love to have fruit as a Food Share Available Nutrient Source – the challenge would be finding volunteers to keep the fruit fresh, or ensuring a coordinated partnership is made so that harvesters are able to regularly post what they’ve picked on the Food Share page; if you know Fruit Share harvesters who would be willing to regularly announce what they have on hand, it would be awesome if Food Share could be an additional connecting point for those who are hungry. I’d also love to gain volunteers to deliver from Fruit Share harvesters to those who are unable to pick it up themselves.

Mid-Summer Update

We’re super excited at the continued growth and process improvements at Fruit Share.  Here’s an update on some of our stats for 2013.

# of Registered Fruit Owners: 349
# of Registered Volunteers: 466
# of Harvests to Date: 18
# of Pounds Harvested to Date: 620
Variety of Fruit Harvested: Rhubarb, Strawberries, Raspberries, Sour Cherries, Apricots, Crab Apples, and Apples.


We’re also very excited at the progress Steinbach and Brandon have made this year.  Both locations now have their own Fruit Share websites and databases.  Rebecca from Steinbach was recently interviewed by the Steinbach Carillon while Tanis from Brandon did an on-air interviewed by Westman Communications Group. They’re picking fruit, hosting workshops, running contests and sharing recipes and will be posting some pretty impressive results by the end of this summer.  Way to go!

Spotlight on Oak Table Community Ministry

Oak Table Community Ministry looks forward to connecting the fruit of your garden with people who “drop in” each day.

Oak Table Community Ministry

OTCM offers respect, hospitality and safety, acceptance and encouragement.  The people who are welcomed into this multi-faith environment are neighbours, living in poverty (working or not), homeless or inadequately housed, living with mental and/or physical illness and challenges.  Concerns such as housing, income, health (physical and mental), abuse, employment, food security, education and more are addressed by staff while approximately 10 volunteers prepare great coffee and lovingly make lunch for up to 80 guests daily.  There are many special events throughout the year.otcm

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Spotlight on the Native Women’s Transition Centre

Here’s yet another charity that Fruit Share is looking forward to supplying with fruit this summer.

Native Women’s Transition Centre

native womens transition centreSince 1979, the Native Women’s Transition Centre Inc. (NWTC) has worked to support and strengthen Aboriginal women and mothers on their journey of healing and recovery from family violence, addictions, intergenerational issues and institutionalization.

Since opening our doors, the Native Women’s Transition Centre has offered a safe place for over 20,000 Native women and their children. During their residency, women are encouraged to return to their cultural roots to meet life’s challenges, build on personal gifts and strengths and undergo healing and transformation by learning together as women.

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Spotlight on the Good Food Club

good food club logoWest Broadway’s Good Food Club is yet another organization doing great work that would be happy to receive donations of excess fruit.

Good Food Club

The goal of the good food club is to help make healthy, nutritious, affordable, food available in West Broadway. They strive towards building a sense of healthy community- with food, by farming together, cooking together, eating together, talking, telling stories, and sharing ideas.

Donated fruit would be used for community cooking classes, including the Kids’ Cooking program, and for community dinners.

Contact Information

Street Address

608 Broadway St.





Donations Accepted


Thank You United Way!

Remember last summer?  I know, it’s hard to think of those hot sunny days  when the snow is 15 feet deep (maybe I’m exaggerating a bit!).  Think back to all that fruit that was available for picking.  Think back to the chaos surrounding the scheduling of those harvests.  It was nasty – we know and we’re sorry.  Together, we did the best we could and we survived.  Actually, we did more than survive – we rescued and shared over 10,000 lbs of fruit.  We did awesome.

Now imagine doing all that good work and not getting frustrated in the process!  Imagine a harvest management system that works and makes registering, scheduling, confirming and reporting on  harvests super easy, consistent and reliable.  Wouldn’t it be a dream.  Well, thanks to the support of the United Way Winnipeg’s Organizational Development Fund, our dream is about to come true!

Updated List of Charities and Community Groups Looking for Fruit

We’ve recently added a whole bunch of new charitable organizations and other community groups to our list of places that would love to receive excess fruit.  Here is an updated list, with addresses, for a quick reference. Just click on the name of the charity to go to find out more information about what they do and how you can donate.

  1. Union Gospel Mission – 320 Princess St.
  2. Agape Table Inc. – 175 Colony St.
  3. Teen Challenge Central Canada – 414 Edmonton Street
  4. Forward House Ministries – 407 Chalmers Ave.
  5. Winnipeg Harvest – 1085 Winnipeg Avenue
  6. The Salvation Army Booth Centre – 180 Henry Avenue
  7. Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY) – 125 Sherbrook Street