November 2, 2017

Welcome to the Press Room!

Welcome to the Borderlands online Press Room. Our Public Affairs team works with news media across platforms to tell the stories of our Produce Rescue mission, Veggies “R” Us International, Produce On Wheels Without Waste ( P.O.W.W.O.W.) and Community Outreach programs to strengthen our advocacy efforts. Borderlands is dedicated to rescuing produce and distributing that produce through our four main distribution programs. We receive no government funding.

Founded

Since 1996, Borderlands has rescued — pounds of produce and distributed more than — million pounds of fresh produce to families.

Purpose

People have the right to eat nutritiously; it’s the most basic of needs.

Mission

What We Do

Borderlands a ” Non-traditional” Food Bank rescues 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 border, the food bank has two 13,000-square-foot warehouses where it runs several programs including “Veggies R’ Us” – a market open to the public Tuesday through Friday. Anyone can get a shopping cart full of produce for a $5 donation. On Mondays, the warehouse is open for nonprofit organizations to come and take up to 10 boxes of produce for free.

The produce would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, where distributors would have to pay to get rid of it. The food bank saves roughly 30 – 45 million pounds of produce each year and distributes it to over 35,000 different families.

“Food does not deserve to be in the landfill, It needs to be in people’s mouths.”

Borderlands warehouse has a work partnership with the Arizona Department of Corrections to employ 11-12 inmates that work at the warehouse. The inmates help out with everything from unloading trucks and sorting produce to packing the trucks that go out to weekly pop-up markets (P.O.W.W.O.W.) and packing shopping carts for the Veggies “R” Us program. The hallways and walls of the offices in the warehouse are covered with artwork – all of it by inmates.

What We Need

2018 has started with a bang, but some of our important equipment have decided to take a siesta. Borderlands is in dire need of some functioning key heavy equipment that we use to distribute our produce. Our forklifts, lift gates, ride along pallet trucks and electronic pallet jacks are on their last legs or not functional. Some items can be repaired but most need replaced. Repairs and or replacements are very expensive. Thanks for listening!

Non-Profit Status

501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit donations to Borderlands are tax-deductible and is an approved Arizona Charitable Tax Credit organization (Diabetes Prevention and Aid Fun dba Borderlands Food Bank).

Press & Media Inquires

If you are a member of the media and on deadline, please contact:

Paul Kwan, Programs Director 
paul.kwan@borderlandsfoodbank.org or call 480-454-6463

Borderlands

Yolanda Soto
Yolanda Soto
President and CEO

Yolanda’s Story

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!

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