Prisoners spread their wares to stock shelves

20:20, Feb 16 2014
Brenda King
SWEET TREAT: Foodbank co-ordinator Brenda King stocks up with the first lot of apricot jam made by inmates of Invercargill Prison this year. 

Invercargill prisoners are getting jammy again.

Twelve prisoners are making apricot jam, with fruit supplied by the former owner of Evandale Gardens and orchards in Central Otago.

Invercargill Prison principal corrections officer Moira Gerken said the prisoners had so far made 240 jars of apricot jam which would be given to the Salvation Army, Invercargill community ministries, Hospice Southland, Habitat for Humanity, Age Concern and churches, among others.

Depending on how much is made, jam will also be put in buckets and given to schools across Southland.

The prisoners made between 3500 and 4000 jars last year but expected to make less this year because of the weather.

Jars given last year were still being used, she said.


The prisoners enjoyed making jam because it was something different to do - and they enjoyed eating it as well, she said.

Two of the prisoners said they enjoyed making the jam, loved eating it and were pleased it was going to a good cause.

The Salvation Army Invercargill community ministries got their first delivery this week. Foodbank co-ordinator Brenda King said the jam formed part of every food parcel sent out.

The jam-making had taught prisoners a new skill and provided them with a way of giving back to the community, she said. 

The Southland Times