Sudbury Shared Harvest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating community health by connecting people, the food they eat and the land it comes from. We support people in gaining the knowledge, skills and resources they need to access or grow their own food in a way that enhances our urban environment.
In 2013, a group of citizens decided to start a fruit rescue project based on an idea they had heard about in other cities, where volunteers connect people having surplus fruit growing on their property with soup kitchens, food banks and other community food programs that serve those in need. They called it Fruit for All. In 2014, the Fruit for All group partnered with Eat Local Sudbury Cooperative to obtain a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation, which became a three-year project to develop Fruit for All. In 2016, the project began soliciting donations of vegetables as well.
In addition to redistributing existing fruit, the Fruit for All program also began engaging citizens in planting fruit trees and edible forest gardens on public properties and provided training for volunteers to care for the plantings.
In the meantime, the original Fruit for All committee decided to register as a non-profit organization, but given its expanded aims, decided on the name Sudbury Shared Harvest. The initial Ontario Trillium Foundation grant ends in early 2018, at which time the Fruit for All program will be managed by Sudbury Shared Harvest. In the meantime, Sudbury Shared Harvest has been working closely with other non-profit organizations to develop new projects, including its community food forest pilot project.