National Geographic: Rescuing Rejected Food to Feed the Hungry at the U.S.-Mexico Border

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“What we’ve been doing for 21 years is educating the produce industry not to dump at the landfill,” Soto, who is a Nogales native, says.

Donating actually offers a perk to producers too. “Call us,” she says pitching to me like I’m one of the producers she works with. “I’m saving you all this money because it’s $40 to dump it at the landfill and [you] have to pay to drive there,” she says. “It’s much better for them economically to donate. They want the product they can’t sell off their floor as soon as possible. If we pick it up as soon as we can, which we do, that’s what they want.”

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