Food Waste Experts: Virtual Water

From the editors of Food Waste Experts: We believe it is important to understand the connections between growing enough food, meeting rising energy needs and providing ample clean water for people around the world. Our everyday food, water and energy choices have a profound effect on each other and the environment.  Americans throw 40 percent of their[…]

From fresh produce to inmate job training, Nogales food bank fills a basket of needs

Borderlands Food Bank collects produce from Mexico, all of which is either excess produce for distributors or “ugly” produce that grocery stores won’t put on their shelves. Through several different programs, the nonprofit distributes the food to individuals and other nonprofit agencies across Arizona and in Sonora, Mexico.  Located about 1.5 miles away from the[…]

A new use for old produce

Between two lines of white-topped buffet tables stood a mountain of produce: multicolored mini peppers gathered into bulging shopping bags, flats of crimson tomatoes, heaps of pale green watermelons. The display was part of a weekly produce distribution dubbed P.O.W.W.O.W. — or “Produce on Wheels Without Waste.” On an August morning, Yolanda Soto and about[…]

Rescuing unwanted fruits, veggies: Arizona’s food waste could feed thousands

The amount of food that’s thrown away in America is staggering but “invisible,” experts say. Borderlands Food Bank is one Arizona organization that’s helping bring the problem into focus. Borderlands is one of a growing number of groups working to fight food waste in America, where more than 25 million people are unsure where their[…]

Feeding Our Future – Borderlands Food Bank on Arizona Public Media

Listen to Yolanda Soto, Director of Borderlands Food Bank on Arizona Public Media. Click here: At a quarter to six on a Saturday morning, people are lining up in the parking lot of an industrial park on Ina Road and Oldfather. This is POWWOW, Produce on Wheels Without Waste. It’s a pop-up market. An hour ago,[…]

Students build greenhouse, expand garden at Nogales middle school

This school is one of our many local partners, the director of the school serves as a board member for Borderlands Food Bank. Also, Yolanda Soto our director graciously volunteers her time as a board member for this school. It’s wonderful that younger generations are learning hands-on about food, water and nutrition. Students built a greenhouse and are learning[…]

Green Bronx Machine, Stephen Ritz – Teacher growing Green in South Bronx

Green Bronx Machine is great. Food, nutrition and community building is something we at Borderlands Food Bank care about deeply. Watch the video for inspiring moments. Stephen Ritz program is sustainable because he has brought in all the stakeholders, (teachers, parents, administrators, and students) and uses state accredited curriculum. By using food and plant life[…]

A lifeline to address hunger via ‘unwanted’ produce at border food warehouses

Borderlands Food Bank along with one of our partners, Compost Cats on the Arizona Sonora News. In 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture reported that between 30 to 40 percent of the American food supply is wasted. When most people think of food waste, they think of little Billy not finishing his dinner. They[…]

NPR: Perfectly good produce discarded at border feeds people in need

Perfectly good produce discarded at border feeds people in need. Learn how Borderlands keeps this produce out of the landfill. Help us by educating others about our work. Listen to Latino USA on NPR with host Maria Hinojosa. Maria interviews our Director Yolanda Soto on solutions to keeping food out of the landfill by providing[…]

NPR: Lunch, Not Landfill: Nonprofit Rescues Produce Rejected At U.S. Border

Lunch, Not Landfill: Nonprofit Rescues Produce Rejected At U.S. Border.  Lisa Morhouse of NPR interviews our Director Yolanda Soto about our important work in food rescue and distribution. The interview describes how $4 billion worth of fruits and vegetables comes through the Nogales, Arizona border crossing. Most gets distributed to all parts of the U.S.[…]