Prisoners prove to be jammy lot

18:53, Feb 04 2013
Bruce Heather
SWEET OFFERINGS: Salvation Army court and prison officer Bruce Heather with some of the jars of apricot jam made by Invercargill Prison inmates.

Jam-making and jail are words not often linked but inmates at Invercargill Prison have done just that.

Inmates at the prison have been making jam for the past few weeks and donating the finished product to the Salvation Army Foodbank, Hospice Southland and Habitat for Humanity.

Prison manager Stu Davie said the jam-making came about after the prison was approached with an opportunity to make jam from donated apricots.

The scheme was a great chance to help the local community as well as further the skills prisoners were learning in the kitchen, he said.

So far, 160 jars of jam had been made. However, the scheme, an extension of a similar project supported by Evandale Gardens, has hit a glitch - the jam-makers have run out of jars.

Evandale Gardens co-owner Sharon Brass said the idea to supply the prison with fruit came after speaking to a friend's husband who worked at the prison, and after she moved to Central Otago.

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She had spoken to orchardist Harry Roberts, who agreed to donate the fruit for the jam-making.

It was hoped the public would help support the scheme by dropping off glass jars with metal lids, she said.

Foodbank co-ordinator Brenda King said the jam was "wonderful" and a huge help.

Sugar was also needed, she said.

Jars and sugar could be dropped at the Salvation Army citadel, the Salvation Army foodbank or any Salvation Army family store in Invercargill.

The Southland Times