Welcome to the Borderlands online Press Room. Our team loves to work with news media across platforms to tell the stories of our produce rescue and community outreach programs in order to build awareness. Borderlands is dedicated to rescuing produce and distributing that produce through our programs. We receive no government funding.
Since 1994, Borderlands has rescued 599,000,000 pounds of produce and distributed more than 547,820,00 million pounds of fresh produce to families.
The mission of Borderlands Produce Rescue is to rescue produce and in turn improve the quality of peoples lives, by addressing their most basic of needs – accessibility to nutritious fresh produce and living in a healthy environment.
Borderlands is able to accomplish its vision by working in conjunction with our many generous donor partners, social clubs, churches, civic organizations, food banks and national hunger relief organizations to make sure communities have access to our rescued produce.
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.
People (and animals) have the right to eat nutritiously; it’s the most basic of needs.
Borderlands Produce Rescue is committed to implementing inclusive practices in the workplace and throughout our programs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
I was a single MOM with 5 children to support had just lost a job #metoo and needed to work!
Sight unseen, not knowing what a food bank was, I interviewed for the position as Executive Director and was hired immediately. Social Justice has always been my forte.
Borderlands was a traditional food bank, giving out government commodity product, something I worked on immediately to change. Families needing help should not have to show proof of need and so we jumped over that hoop. Secondly the most basic of human rights is food, but we decided it was nutritious food and living in the center of the produce industry the decision was made to rescue fresh produce that was unsaleable get it to families and help stop food waste. At that point Borderlands was BORN!
Rescuing 32 million pounds of produce annually and then coordinating the distribution of that produce, takes monumental effort from the handful of employees who staff Borderlands.
We are currently soliciting participants at the P.O.W.W.O.W. pop-up markets for volunteers for a number of our programs; including social media and grant writers for the stay at home type and pop-up market “Head Honchos” for those who love being in charge who have some friends to do a little heavy lifting.
2018 has started off with a bang, unfortunately some of our important equipment has decided to take a siesta. Needless to say, when you move as much produce as we do there will be breakdowns. This year Borderlands has been hit considerably hard with equipment failures and is in dire need of some functioning key heavy equipment. Our forklifts, lift gates, ride along pallet trucks and electronic pallet jacks are on their last legs or not functional at all. Some items can be repaired but most need replaced. Repairs and or replacements are both very expensive. All this equipment is crucial for use in rescuing and distributing our produce. Please help… Thanks for listening!
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Watch us on the Netflix Original Series called Restaurants on the Edge Arizona eidtion (9:22) showcasing our P.O.W.W.O.W. market hosted at LaMesa Village Apartments in Mesa. Click here to watch the video.
Watch us on the Netflix Original Series called Restaurants on the Edge Arizona edition (9:22) showcasing our P.O.W.W.O.W. market hosted at LaMesa Village Apartments in Mesa. Click here to watch the video.
Read this article from Phoenix Magazine explaining how Borderlands Produce Rescue was voted the Best Food-Insecurity Initiative. Click here to view the full article.
View the Facebook video from KGUN 9 explaining how a local organization works to curb hunger and food waste by getting to produce before it touches the landfill. Click here to view the Facebook video.
Read this article from Cronkite News explaining how Borderlands partners with three ASU campuses in Metro Phoenix to host the P.O.W.W.O.W. program in food desert area so vulnerable communities can supplement their meals with fresh fruits and vegetables. Click here to view the full article.
Read this article from Cronkite News explaining how Borderlands using the inmate program is supplementing meals for the San Cruz County residents through the Veggies R' Us program. Click here to view the YouTube video.
Read this article from Nogales International to find out Borderlands Produce Rescue provide perished produce through (P.A.C.) Potpourri for Animals and Composting to Ranchers. Click here to view the full article.
Read this article from Nonprofit Times of how Yolanda Soto, President and CEO was selected one of the top 50 Power & Influence of 2015. Click here to view the full article.
Watch the world premiere of the Sundance Film “Man in the Maze” an award-winning documentary film, filmed in Southern Arizona. One of five films to win the Sundance Short Film Challenge, it takes the viewer from the devastating dumping of fruits and vegetables, into the Rio Rico landfill, to Borderlands Food Bank in Nogales, and on to Southern Arizona communities working to save the food from waste, and to grow their own. Click here to view the YouTube video.
Thanks to Sam Nanez of the Arizona State Veterans Home for the great interview on the The Morning Blend tv show. Click here to view the YouTube video.
Click here to view the YouTube video.
An article from Nogales International Newspaper reported by Murphy Woodhouse called “Prison inmates do hard work in SC County” explains how vital inmate labor from the Arizona Department of Corrections is to the operation of Borderlands Food Bank. Click here to read the full article.
The Huffington Post article reported by Cameron Keady called Perfectly Good Produce Discarded At U.S. Border Feeds People In Need. Please read the article describing how Borderlands Food Bank is giving a second life to produce discarded at the U.S. border by distributing it to people in need. Click here to read the full article.