With your help, we’re turning urban fruit into a tool for social change.
Why Pick Fruit?
It’s a lot of fun! But more than that – the simple act of picking fruit goes a long way. It brings communities together, connects people to their environment, and demonstrates a sustainable food system is possible.
In Toronto, we’re surrounded by a massive urban orchard that produces 1.5 million pounds of fruit every year. Yet much of this fruit goes unpicked and falls to waste. Rotting fruit releases greenhouse gas emissions, and contributes to the massive problem of food waste. Fruit also shouldn’t be falling to waste when people are going hungry. In a city where 1 in 7 people are food insecure, we want to make sure as many people as possible have access to this healthy, local food source.
What We Do
Picking fruit is a simple act, but one that betters our community, health, and environment. We work to:
- Reduce Food Waste: by putting fruit to good use.
- Increase Food Access: by engaging as many people as possible in the harvest.
- Steward the Urban Orchard: by monitoring the health of fruit trees and providing training opportunities in fruit tree care.
- Build Community: by bringing people together at fruit picks and community events, like cider pressing.
- Create a Local Food System: to re-connect people to where their food comes from.
Our Community Partners
At every fruit pick ⅓ of the harvest goes directly to one of our 35 community partners. We work with our partners to run fruit picks and workshops for the communities they serve.
Our ultimate goal is for everyone in Toronto to participate in the urban harvest. We are working to bring our program to more neighbourhoods every year. When you join our organization as a member, you help us work towards this goal. Thank you!
Featured Partner: Sistering
Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed.
What impact has NFFTT’s fruit sharing program had on your community?
“The fruit such as cherries, grapes, plums are used for our daily fruit portion for our lunch and evening meals which feel over 300 Sistering participants a day at two locations. Fruit is also given to women to take home who couldn’t otherwise afford it. NFFTT is an important source for us considering how expensive fruit is. It’s a huge cost-savings and gives us access to fruit for participants we wouldn’t otherwise have.” – Trish Beard, Food Access Worker, Sistering
- Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
- Bethany Baptist Church
- Building Roots & Moss Park Market
- Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre
- Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
- Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre
- Evangel Hall Mission
- Fife House
- Fred Victor
- Fort York Food Bank
- Griffin Centre
- Harmony Hall
- Horizons for Youth
- Houselink Community Homes
- Humewood House
- Interval House
- Margaret’s House
- Mustard Seed
- Parkdale Project Read
- Portland Place
- Regent Park Community Food Centre
- Riverdale Hub – Women’s Immigrant Centre
- South Riverdale Community Health Centre
- St. John the Compassionate Mission
- The Church of the Holy Trinity
- The Stop Community Food Centre
- Toronto Community Hostel
- Toronto Community Housing
- The Dale Ministries
- The Salvation Army Evangeline Residence
- West Neighbourhood House
- YWCA Woodlawn & YWCA Elm Centre
- YMCA Sprott House
Give the Gift of Fruit
Your donation supports a community of people using urban fruit to drive progressive change. Help us pick, share, and do more with fruit this season.Donate Today
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