Through five main programs, Borderlands is able to rescue and distribute 30 million pounds of fresh produce each year. Each of our programs are vital to the operation of Borderlands, and allow us to remain connected to the needs of our community.
Veggies R’ Us
Through Veggies R’ Us we make fresh produce available for pick-up by community members or organizations. 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.
Learn more: Veggies R’ Us
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.
Learn More: P.O.W.W.O.W.
Through over 22 years of educational and awareness initiatives directly with the produce industry, Borderlands is able to ensure a call each time a producer has excess fresh produce. Each year, because of our relationship with the industry, Borderlands is able to rescue between 25 to 40 million pounds of fresh produce.
Donate $10 to help rescue 850 lbs of fresh produce.
Learn More: Produce Rescue
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.
Learn More: Recycling
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.
Learn More: Community Engagement
Borderlands strives to provide a healthy meal to every family in need
You're not going to find another food bank quite like Borderlands, we focus on providing nothing but fresh produce throughout northern Mexico, Arizona and 19 other states. Since 1994 Borderlands has rescued and distributed over 559 million pounds of fresh produce, that's over 2,000,000 miles our trucks have driven delivering nothing but produce.
At Borderlands we firmly believe everyone should have access to fresh, nutritious produce. Through our four programs we are able to ensure that over 30 million pounds of produce is rescued and distributed every year.
13% of our produce is recycled through programs with ranchers and composting sites.
Serving Families in Mexico
21% of Borderlands produce is distributed directly from our warehouse in Nogales to families throughout Mexico.
Serving families in America
27% of Borderlands produce is distributed directly from our warehouse in Nogales to families around the state of Arizona.
26% of Borderlands produce is distributed through our Produce on Wheels Without Waste program.
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!
- Contributes towards over 128 healthy meal supplements
- Donation would sponsor produce for 10 Produce on Wheels recipients
- All donations are tax-deductible.
- Provides over 1,280 healthy meal supplements
- Donation would sponsor produce for 130 Produce on Wheels recipients
- All donations are tax-deductible.
- Provides over 3,500 healthy meal supplements
- Enough produce to sponsor a half-day long distribution site
- All donations are tax-deductible.
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Here is your full shopping list for this Saturday, February 18th. We are really excited to be distributing over 350,000 pounds of fresh, rescued produce this time around, that’s over 16 markets all around the state. Come out and join us at the only market where your $10 contribution will get you up to 60lbs[…]
Why aren’t you shopping Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste (POWWOW) yet? We are the only food bank in Arizona focused solely on rescuing and distributing fresh fruits and veggies. At our weekly Produce on Wheels markets you can come shop for up to 60lbs of fresh produce, all for a contribution of just $10 to support our[…]
This is what your 60lbs of produce might look like this Saturday (actual picture) Thank you for supporting Produce on Wheels, here is a list of our 14 produce markets for this Saturday. Bring your $10 (cash only) donation, and take home up to 60lbs of fresh produce. Your support every Saturday makes it possible for Borderlands Food[…]
This recipe is courtesy of Cooking Classy. If you have a similar recipe please leave a comment here, we love to hear from our POWWOW supporters! Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Tacos Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: Makes enough for about 9 tacos Ingredients 3 medium tomatoes, cored and seeded, diced*[…]
This is a great looking recipe, something we have not tried yet but we are sure one of our POWWOW supporters will be brave enough. Read more about this recipe from the the Washington Post SERVINGS: 5.5 CUPS INGREDIENTS FOR THE TOMATOES AND TOMATO PASTE 4 cups whole peeled tomatoes, from 3 to 3 1/2[…]
By now someone you know has probably shopped Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste and you’re probably dying to try it yourself. It’s really easy, just find a location close to you, arrive early and find the registration desk. There, you’ll be able to provide your $10 donation and will be given a list of what[…]
Right now is tomato season for us here at the Food Bank, for you this means lots of tomatoes at each of our upcoming Produce on Wheels Without Waste market’s. Some weekends like this most recent one, at least 20lbs of the 60lbs many of our supporters took home were tomatoes. Don’t miss out,[…]
This is a great recipe, especially since it includes a lot of items we typically have available at our Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste markets. Let us know if you have any recipes, we’re always looking and happy to feature your ideas. Recipe By:Rebekah Richards “Perfect for breakfast, this vegetarian quiche also makes a great[…]
Thanks everyone who came out shopping on Saturday, January 28th. Here’s an overview of what our supporters had to say / do with their 60lbs! Share something with us by just tagging us on facebook @Produce on Wheels With-out Waste — — — — — — — —
Our VETs project is off to a great start; last week in Sierra Vista supporters brought out 100lbs of non-perishable donations. All of the items gathered are going to be donated directly to a community group that works directly with veterans. On Saturday, February 4th our VETs boot makes another appearance, this time at Christ Greenfield[…]