Locally grown sour cherries are cooked with sugar and pectin in small batches to create naturally delicious jelly. It’s a unique way to liven up an appetizer, or the perfect touch to peanut butter and fresh bread.
About Southridge Jam Co.
The Southridge Jam Co. is a social enterprise in Niagara that provides individuals transitioning out of homelessness the opportunity to develop job training and life skills.
Through Southridge's 55-bed homeless shelter in St. Catharines, the Southridge Shelter has been meeting the needs of home and friendship since 2005, providing temporary emergency housing to more than 800 homeless men and women facing crisis each year. Lives are transformed as staff and volunteers journey alongside people in their transition from the shelter to being housed.
Southridge Jam grew out of an idea to broaden the impact of the Southridge Shelter by creating a program that would continue to support people who had recently transitioned from homelessness. Red Seal Chef, Cam Block and Leadership development and team building expert, Tim Arnold, were the designers and their intention was to create a successful product but also facilitate teamwork, self-discovery and skill development in a supportive environment.
At Southridge Jam, we leverage volunteers from the community to work as a team alongside those who have recently experienced homelessness. We firmly believe that everyone deserves to have a home, friends and a purpose. When participants join our jam team in the kitchen, they are gaining job skills, resume experience and a supportive community of friends to propel them forward in this next chapter of their lives.
Year-round small-batch production in their jam-making facility in Vineland, Ontario allows them to use the best ingredients from local farms throughout Niagara.
When you buy Southridge jam, you're buying a delicious product but you are also making an investment in people in our local communities. Together we can disrupt the cycle of homelessness in the Niagara Region, one jar of jam at a time.
Thank you for your support!