Apple Sauce Project helps seniors and families
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | Sept. 12, 2017
The health unit and SIRCH Community Services want to ensure no apples go to waste this fall.
This is the fourth year they will be running the Apple Sauce Project. Once again, volunteers will be picking apples from trees on private and municipal property that can be turned into applesauce and delivered to seniors and families in need.
The community initiative is making an impact. Last year, 1,636 servings of applesauce were made from local apples. (One serving of fruit is half a cup, according to Canada’s Food Guide.)
Rosie Kadwell, a registered dietician with the health unit, came up with the idea.
“Rosie was walking home one day and she saw these trees loaded with apples,” recalled Kate Hall, public health food worker with the health unit. “A week later, they were still loaded with apples and people didn’t seem to be picking them. Then they’re falling to the ground.”
Kadwell reached out to SIRCH and its community kitchen program, as well as Haliburton Highlands Health Services’ Community Support Services division.
Since then, volunteers have been picking the apples and processing them at SIRCH Central in Haliburton. The applesauce is distributed to clients of the Meals on Wheels program and SIRCH’s frozen meals program.
The apples are helping residents get more fruit servings in their diet.
“Any senior that would like to have [applesauce] can come by the community kitchen at SIRCH or give them a call,” said Hall.
Donations of apples are welcome. To drop off your apples, visit SIRCH Central at 2 Victoria St. on Sept. 14 and 15 from 1-4 p.m. and Sept. 18 from 8-11 a.m., or go to the health unit on Highland Street on Sept. 14 and 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To volunteer to pick apples, call Ida Schultz at 705-457-2941 ext. 2926. To process apples, call Diane McKnight at 705-457-1742 ext. 27.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.