Don't waste garden veges

Last updated 05:00 10/12/2013

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Many people heading away over the holidays will leave fruit and veges going to waste in their gardens.

Community Fruit Harvesting is asking them to spare a thought for the many families in need over the festive season.

"Christmas time can be tough financially but we can help families to put fresh food on the table and come together over a meal," co-ordinator Di Celliers says.

"Summer is often a time of abundance in the garden with a glut of tomatoes, courgettes, beans, lettuce and berries. It's a great opportunity to help those less fortunate at this giving time of year."

Fruit, vegetables and preserves are provided to the Auckland City Mission, which runs Foodlink, supplying food to 70 food banks and community groups between Thames and Kaitaia.

Plums, peaches and nectarines will also soon be coming into season and Community Fruit Harvesting reminds people with unwanted fruit to register their trees so the fruit can be picked and given to charity fresh or made into jam.

People with fruit and vegetables available for picking or who want to volunteer to pick and deliver produce can go to pickfruit.co.nz to register or email pickfruit@xtra.co.nz to contact Ms Celliers.

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