Community Fruit Harvesting received $1000 towards the cost of purchasing a high quality food processor and two citrus presses, to assist their volunteers based in the Whau area in processing fruit picked from backyards and orchards into cordial and preserves. The preserves and cordials produced are distributed to food banks and organisations that help people in need in the community. In the Whau area these include Generation Ignite, Salvation Army New Lynn, Women’s refuges in Avondale and New Lynn, Age Concern Avondale, Baptist churches in Blockhouse Bay and Avondale, St Vincent de Paul New Lynn and Liberty Church in Avondale. The equipment has helped to reduce the amount of time involved in processing fruit, to reduce demands on volunteer time and enable more fruit to be processed. The project is ongoing.
Since the project began 244 jars of preserves and 86 bottles of cordial have been donated to the organisations (as listed above) in the Whau area. The new equipment has been very useful and there is approximately 92 litres of frozen citrus juice to be made into cordial and 20 bags of citrus chopped to be made into marmalade. Group cordial making sessions will be held in the Whau area before the start of the new citrus season to make cordial for distribution.