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This weekend we had two great days of fruit picking.  On Saturday we picked at two houses in the Chorlton area and filled up many boxes of cooking and eating apples. After picking, two bike trailers were used to take some of the apples straight to Cornerstone in Moss Side, which provides daily hot meals to homeless people, and Manchester Food Not Bombs.  This group helps to publicise anti-deportation campaigns and the problems faced by refugees, as well as other social and environmental issues, while providing free food prepared by volunteers.  

On Sunday we had an extra fruit picking session at a house in Gatley, where we filled two trailers full of delicious eating apples.  On Monday these apples were delivered to The Boaz Trust, which works with The Red Cross to run The Destitution Project, providing weekly food parcels to destitute asylum seekers.  Apples were also taken to Early Years Nursery School in Didsbury, where they will use them to promote healthy eating.

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Saturdays harvest went really well again, thanks to everyone involved.  We collected about 15 boxes of fruit from houses in Levenshulme, Ladybarn, Didsbury and Stockport. 

After the picking we used two bike trailers to deliver some of the fruit straight to Safestop, the homeless hostel for young people in Didsbury.  During the week fruit was taken to Cornerstone in Moss Side and Wellspring in Stockport, which provide hot meals to homeless and isolated people.  Fruit was also delivered to a Salvation Army Hostel which sleeps and feeds 180 mainly young people and Harpurhey Community Church, which has a community cafe providing food in one of the most deprived areas of Manchester.  On Thursday fruit will also be delivered to The Destitution Project, which provides weekly food parcels to destitute refugees.

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On Saturday we had another great fruit picking session.  We picked about 10 boxes of apples from just two houses.  They will be delivered this week to The Destitution Project, which provides food parcels to destitute refugees.


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Todays fruit picking went brilliantly, I lost track of how many boxes we filled!  Here are some pictures:

 

 

The fruit was delivered to Safestop, a hostel for homeless young people, where they straight away got stuck into peeling it for baking!

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Yesterday was the first delivery of food! It was taken to The Destitution Project, which supplies food to destitute refugees, and The Mustard Tree, which gives food to homeless people.  The five different varieties of apples were picked on Saturday and surplus veg was also donated from allotments. Here are some photos!

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On Saturday 30th August we had the first ever Abundance Manchester fruit picking session! There were nine volunteers, two bike trailers and we collected five different varieties of apples from houses and trees along the Mersey. Email abundancemanchester@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to get involved with future fruit picking!

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