We Are Produce Rescue!
For the past 22 years Borderlands Produce Rescue has been creating awareness of the importance of rescuing produce through their many initiatives. As one of the leading produce rescue organizations, Borderlands can count on a call from one of their partner organizations when there is an excess of fresh produce. It is because of these relationships, Borderlands has been able to rescue between 25 to 40 MILLION pounds of fresh produce annually.
Donate $25 and help rescue OVER 2000lbs of fresh produce!
Our Distribution Programs
Borderlands distributes our rescued produce through four of our main programs. With these programs we are able to “recycle” over 35 million pounds of fresh produce each year. Each of our programs are vital to the operation of Borderlands, and allows us to remain connected to the needs of our community and be kind to the environment.
Veggies “R” Us International
Through our Veggies “R” Us program we make fresh produce available for pick-up by community members or organizations internationally. Anyone, whether you live in Mexico, or throughout Arizona, is able to take advantage of this program. All of the agencies and individuals served through Veggis “R” Us must be enrolled with Borderlands.
P.O.W.W.O.W. – Weekly Arizona Markets
Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste (P.O.W.W.O.W.) works with local churches, universities, civic organizations and community groups to host weekend distribution sites. Active weekly sites hosted in Flagstaff, Tucson, Phoenix, Wilcox, Benson, Casa Grande, and San Luis and many other cities.
At each site, community members can shop for up to 60lbs of fresh produce for a contribution of just $10.
Through Produce on Wheels after hours, our newly launched Veterans Exact Thanks (VETs) program and our partnership with the Arizona Department of Corrections, Borderlands is able to ensure that our mission is served by creating opportunities for community members to be engaged on issues of food insecurity, food waste and produce rescue.
How We’re Making a Difference!
Rescuing Produce & Nourishing Families. One Pound at a Time.
We are not always able to distribute all of the produce we rescue. Instead of sending this excess produce to a landfill, Borderlands partners with local ranchers and composting programs to recycle any unusable produce.
During the 2015/2016 produce season 13% of our rescued produce was no longer usable, however 90% of this was sent directly to our recycling partners, and not the landfill.
CNN: Fighting Food Waste at the Border
More than one thousand commercial trucks cross the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz. every day, many of them filled with produce. Much of that food would go to waste if not for the efforts of one nonprofit. Borderlands Produce Rescue saves between 30 and 40 million pounds of produce annually and redistributes it to families in 20 U.S. states. That’s doing good work!
Borderlands’ vision is keep as much produce out of the landfills as humanly possible, helping our environment and distributing this produce to those in need, helping our community.
CNN honored Borderlands by designating them as “The Big Story”. Watch the Segment.
How we make a difference
Every produce season Borderlands delivers between 30 to 40 million pounds of fresh rescued produce to thousands of families. We are only able to do this work through partnering with amazing host sites each weekend throughout the season. Check out the amazing faces of so many we have helped. Find the closest produce site to you, or better yet contact us to help host your own site!
How you can make a difference
As Borderlands, we are only able to do the work we do because of the contributions of our thousands of supporters. Each week, through participating in our produce distribution programs, our supporters donations help pay for all of the costs of our warehousing, transporting and storing fresh rescued produce. Just in 2015 alone, Borderlands’ trucks drove more than 218,000 miles delivering over 30 million lbs of fresh produce. Your donation today, and your support of our work, will allow us to rescue millions more.
For every $1 we receive from donors, we are able rescue and distribute 35 pounds of fresh and nutritious produce. According to USDA recommendations of 7-9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, each dollar donated helps supplement 10 healthy meals!
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PLEASE NOTE! Bring your available grocery bags when shopping at our market tomorrow so volunteers can bag bulk item(s). Check out this Saturday, March 17th varieties! Come shop at one of our 14 market locations Statewide from 8:00am – 11:00am (Unless Specified), don’t forget you are also helping Borderlands curb food waste and save Mother[…]
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PLEASE NOTE! Bring your extra grocery bags so the volunteers can help bag the bulk items in advance. Come out and shop at one of our 15 P.O.W.W.O.W. market locations Statewide this Saturday, February 17th from 8:00am – 11:00am (Unless Specified). With no qualifications of any kind plus you may contribute to as many[…]
PLEASE NOTE! – Please bring your extra grocery bags to the P.O.W.W.O.W. pop-up market you visit so volunteers can bag bulk items. Check out great produce each site has available for you to shop at one of our 14 P.O.W.W.O.W. market locations Statewide this Saturday, February 10th from 8:00am – 11:00am (Unless Specified). With no[…]
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Please bring your extra bags to the host site you visit to help volunteers with bagging the bulk items. We have 15 P.O.W.W.O.W. market locations Statewide this Saturday, February 3rd from 8:00am – 11:00am. Shop for your produce with a $10 contribution. There are no qualifications of any kind and you can contribute to as[…]
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Join us for a Date night at Wisdom’s Cafe, learn more about Borderlands Food Bank, our 4 programs and how we have been rescuing produce for over 23 years. Receive a box of Medjool Dates (22 lbs.) with a shelf life of one year from 4:30pm – 7:00pm this Friday, August 18th. For more information[…]
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Frequently Asked Questions
501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit donations to Borderlands are tax-deductible and is an approved Arizona Charitable Tax Credit organization (Diabetes Prevention and Aid Fun dba Borderlands Food Bank).
Founded in 1996, Borderlands has rescued 599,000,000 pounds of produce and distributed more than 547,820,00 million pounds of fresh produce to families. Our vision is to keep as much produce out of the landfills as humanly possible, helping our environment and distributing this produce to those in need, helping our community.
No! Clients of Borderlands do not have to income or residential qualify to use its services, that means everyone is welcome!
- Borderlands works without any government monies or commodities.
- Borderlands principally rescues fresh produce.
- Borderlands is an International organization.
- Borderlands can follow the donated produce from donor to end recipient.
The greater majority from Mexico via the U.S. and Canada for sale, arriving thru the Nogales Port of Entry. Some is also rescued in Yuma, AZ and some from local hydroponic plants.
The produce crosses from Mexico to the U.S. and is unloaded at local distribution warehouses for its sale. For a variety of reasons not all of the produce is sold. Borderlands has been educating the produce industry to not “dump” the unsold produce at the local landfill but instead to donate to Borderlands for its re-distribution to families; therefore we rescue it directly from the produce distribution warehouses.
Borderlands has four programs thru which it re-distributes the rescued produce.
- Veggies R Us: Direct Client/Agency distribution out of Borderlands warehouse facility.
- Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste (P.O.W.W.O.W.) Hosted Pop-Up Produce Markets across Arizona
- Produce Travels: 24 other U.S. States receive produce from Borderlands.
- Animals Love Veggies: When Veggies perish we feed animals nutritiously.