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

Spotlight on North Point Douglas Women’s Centre

Yet another organization doing great work that would be happy to receive donations of excess fruit.

North Point Douglas Women’s Centre

North Point Douglas Women’s Centre exists to create opportunities for women to develop their potential and engage fully as citizens of their community. Their vision is a safe, healthy, vibrant community for women and families in which all forms of violence against women are addressed by engaging the community in prevention and care.

Donated fruit would be eaten fresh and used for programming in their community kitchen or cooking programs or given out to women as emergency food.

Contact Information

Street Address

221 Austin Street.

Phone:

(204)947-0321

E-mail:

npdirector@mymts.net

Spotlight on Lighthouse Mission

Lighthouse Mission

Lighthouse Mission feeds between 200-300 homeless and at risk people daily. Their clients typically have no access to any other missions or agencies in the area because of severe addictions or Mental Illness

Donated fruit would be used to prepare meals and food hampers, and processed for future use.

Contact Information

Street Address

669 Main St

Phone:

204-943-9669

Website:

www.lighthousemission.ca

Donations Accepted

Fruit

Rhubarb, Sour cherries (eg. nanking or evans cherries), Crab apples, Big eating/baking apples, Grapes, Berries (eg. strawberries or raspberries), Apricots or Plums

Other Food Items

Canned Fruit Preserves (eg. jam, jelly, sauce, juice, etc.), Frozen Fruit, Home baked products (eg. fruit crisp, pies, breads, etc.).  Other canned goods especially Tuna/Salmon/ Klik.

Spotlight on Teen Stop Jeunesse

Teen Stop Jeunesse

A drop-in centre in St. Vital. The centre houses a youth drop in, adult education, literacy and EAL programs and child care so any food donations are greatly appreciated.

Donated fruit would be used to prepare meals, put in food hampers and processed for future use

Contact Information

Street Address

533 A St. Anne’s Road

Phone:

204-254-1618

 Website:

www.teenstop.ca

Donations Accepted

Fruit

Rhubarb, Sour cherries (eg. nanking or evans cherries), Crab apples, Big eating/baking apples, Grapes, Berries (eg. strawberries or raspberries), Apricots or Plums

Other Food Items

Sharing the Fruit

A very important part of Fruit Share is making sure that as many people as possible benefit from the fruit (and vegetables!) that we harvest. This year, we donated fruit to 19 Winnipeg-based organizations:

Action Margeurite St. Vital
Agape Table
Behavioral Health Foundation
Ecole Henri Bergeron
Fisher Bay Bible Camp
Forward House
Fred Tipping Place
Lions Personal Care Centre
Main Street Mission
Mother Therese
North End Food Security Network
Oak Table
Resource Assistance for Youth (RAY)
Salvation Army
Siloam Mission
Sisters of Charity Soup Kitchen
Union Gospel Mission
Westgrove Children’s Centre
Winnipeg Harvest

The above are a list of the official organizations we donated to – but we also shared the fruit among friends, family and neighbours who would not otherwise have had access to fresh, local and (mostly) organic produce. It was a pleasure to share fruit with everyone!

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

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.