Spotlight on Winnipeg Harvest

When we have a large amount of fruit, Winnipeg Harvest is a great place to donate.

Winnipeg Harvest

Winnipeg Harvest is a non-profit, community-based organization. They are committed to providing food to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families. They are also committed to maximizing public awareness of hunger while working towards long-term solutions to hunger and poverty.

Winnipeg Harvest uses donated fruit to prepare meals, fill food hampers and share with other organizations.

Contact Information

Street Address: 1085 Winnipeg Avenue

Phone: 204-982-3663

Website: www.winnipegharvest.org

Donations Accepted

Fruit

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

Other Food Items

Spotlight on Salvation Army Booth Centre

Salvation Army – Booth Centre

The Salvation Army Booth Centre provides transitional housing.  The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

The Salvation Army Booth Centre uses donated fruit to prepare meals.

Contact Information

Street Address: 180 Henry Avenue

Phone: 204-946-9400

Website: www.salvationarmy.ca

Donations Accepted

Fruit

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

Other Food Items

Vegetables

Non-Food Items

Toiletries, blankets, pillows

Donation Logistics

When

Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Where

– Loading dock located in the back lane on the south side of 180 Henry

Spotlight on Union Gospel Mission

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

Union Gospel Mission

The Union Gospel Mission is a non-profit evangelical, non-denominational Gospel Rescue Mission. Our Purpose is to carry on without financial gain to its members, Christ-centered programs for the addicted and the poor men, women and children of Manitoba.

Union Gospel Mission uses donated fruit to prepare meals, fill food hampers and process for future use.

Contact Information

Street Address: 320 Princess Street

Phone: 204-943-9904

Website: www.gospelmission.ca

Donations Accepted

Fruit

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

Other Food Items

Red Currants

Here’s the latest addition to our fruit registry – red currants.  How exciting!

Red currants are great in jellies, juices and cakes.  The combination of sweet and tangy also makes an interesting sauce with pork or poultry.

Do you have a favourite red currant recipe?  Any favourite memories involving this fruit?

Over the summer we’ll be posting recipes for red currants and other backyard fruit, so check back often.  Our favourite recipes will also be included in our Guide to Backyard Fruit.

If you want in on the picking action, better sign up to volunteer now!

 

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

Guide to Backyard Fruit – Coming Soon!

It’s official!  Fruit Share received funding through the Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance (MAFRA) to develop an online Guide to Backyard Fruit. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I’m thrilled they chose to fund the guide.  Here’s what’s going to be included in the guide:

Identifying Manitoba Fruit
o   pictures, descriptions and illustrations to help homeowners identify what’s in their backyard
o   particularly useful to new homeowners and new Manitobans
Recipes for Manitoba Fruit
o   recipes for enjoying local fruit
o   a minimum of 2 recipes for using for backyard Manitoba fruit (eg. Rhubarb, cherries, apples, crab apples, and grapes – not including U-Pick type fruits which are already well described by the Prairie Fruit Growers Association)
o   links to other organizations and sources of recipes (e.g. PFGA)
Preserving Manitoba Fruit
o   complete how-to instructions for preserving backyard Manitoba fruit
o   a minimum of 2 preserving techniques for backyard Manitoba fruit
o   links to other organizations and sources of preserving techniques
Harvesting Options
o   complete listing of organizations/groups who help harvesting fruit ( eg.Fruit Share, neighbourhood associations, Hutterite colonies, etc.)
Sharing Options
o   complete listing of organizations that will accept fruit and any specific criteria that must be met (eg. Agape Table, Siloam Mission, Winnipeg Harvest, Teen Challenge, etc.)
If you have recipes, preserving techniques, contact names or any other information that would be useful for the guide, please let email me at info@fruitshare.ca
We’re still waiting to see if we get funding for a printed edition of the guide book as well.  We’ll keep you posted.