Redistributing Produce to Curb Food Waste
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, over 7 billion pounds of produce comes through the Nogales, AZ Port of Entry with Mexico every year. That's a lot of produce! And, it's a lot of produce that often goes to waste.
At Borderlands Produce Rescue, we are committed to not only curbing food waste, but also saving mother earth. To that end, we have several programs that allow for both individuals and organizations to take part in our produce rescue efforts.
One of the biggest obstacles we face in rescuing more produce each year is finding new and innovative uses for the produce we rescue. That's why we are always looking for new ideas!If you have an idea for how we can rescue and use more produce, we want to hear from you! Please share your ideas with us via our website or social media. Together, we can make a difference!
Our Direct Client Distribution allows for everyday individuals to stop by the Borderlands Nogales warehouse to access fresh produce. Supporters are provided with an entire shopping cart full of produce for a minimum $5 contribution.
Every Monday, agencies are able to pick-up boxes of produce at our Nogales, AZ warehouse. This is our international distribution program open to small organizations in Arizona and Sonora Mexico. For agency pick-up you must fill out an application when you arrive at the warehouse.
Borderlands' P.O.W.W.O.W. program partners with area non-profit and community organizations, or schools, to host weekly community market locations. At each location you can get an up to 70lb box of rescued produce for a minimum contribution of $15.
As part of our Arizona Distribution program we allow registered non-profit organizations to pick-up boxes of produce, at the end of our Borderlands' P.O.W.W.O.W. market locations. Qualifying non-profits are able to pick-up up to 10 boxes of each remaining variety of produce.
Each year we donate millions of pounds of fresh produce to food banks around the country. If the produce we rescue has the shelf-life to travel, we reach out to our network of food serving agencies and they send a truck to pick-up a 40,000lbs of one variety.
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We couldn't do this work without you; whether it is through your volunteering with us, or inviting us to speak at your event. We know it takes each of us doing our part to make curbing food waste a reality. Give us your time, or ask us to share our story with your programs, getting involved in the work is what it is all about!