Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste Sites Serve Cities Across Arizona
During our 2015-2016 produce season we were able to rescue 30 million pounds of fresh produce, of that nearly 7 million pounds (39 varieties) were distributed through our P.O.W.W.O.W. program. This makes a grand total of 107,531 fresh nutritious produce boxes distributed to families across Arizona.
Hosting Weekly Neighborhood Distribution Markets
The Borderlands P,O.W.W.O.W. program operates during our produce season, typically November through August. Every week, usually on Saturdays, P.O.W.W.O.W. host sites are held in cities around Arizona. These sites are hosted by community organizations (churches, civic organizations, schools and universities.) Visit any of our P.O.W.W.O.W. sites and leave with up to 60 lbs of fresh produce, all just for a contribution of $10. Find a P.O.W.W.O.W. site close to you.
All of the produce distributed at each our weekly markets was initially rescued by us, Borderlands. This produce comes directly from the warehouses of produce distributors, with a majority of it having been processed for the landfill simply because the distributors were unable to market it. Every season, this rescued produce, distributed through our P.O.W.W.O.W. program accounts for over 4 million healthy meal supplements!
All of Borderlands programs are made available to not only community members but also registered non-profit organizations. Our P.O.W.W.O.W. After Hours program works with area non-profit organizations who, once registered with Borderlands, are able to pick-up up to 10 boxes of each variety of remaining produce. P.O.W.W.O.W. After Hours is only open at the completion of each of our weekly sites (after our supporters have had a chance to shop.)
Take a moment to check out our produce calendar, this is where we'll provide a weekly update as to where sites are going to be, and, when possible, what produce may be available. All produce is available on a first come basis, try to arrive early.
When you arrive to the distribution site find the registration table, at which you will be able to make your $10 cash contribution. Now you are ready to shop!
Let the Shopping Begin!
At each site we typically provide a list of the quantities of each item you can shop for, this is to ensure that everyone receives the same mix of produce. You are welcome to opt out of an item, however substitutes are not offered.
P.O.W.W.O.W. Frequently Asked Questions:
Are you new to the P.O.W.W.O.W. program or do you have questions even though you frequent our distribution locations? View our Frequently Asked Questions to assist you with your most common questions.
What do I do if I lost my P.O.W.W.O.W. ID Card?
Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org, be sure to include the full name it was registered under, zip code and the location you registered at. We will provide you a electronic copy of your ID card.
Why aren't there year round P.O.W.W.O.W. markets?
The Borderlands Food Bank is unable to rescue the amount of varieties in the summer especially, in August, compared to the fall and winter. Our produce distribution is very much linked to the seasonal produce schedule.
How do I register for a P.O.W.W.O.W. ID Card?
Visit a P.O.W.W.O.W. distribution location of your choice and register at the registrar's table. Let the person know you are new and would like to complete a P.O.W.W.O.W. ID card. The ID card may be used at any location of your choice. If you have a smart phone with a camera take a picture of the ID card in case you misplace it. If you are unable to take a picture and you misplaced the ID card at a future date tell the registrar so that he/she may take down your name, do not re-register.
Do I bring my own boxes or bags?
There are boxes available but you are welcome to use your own.
Do I need to take all varieties of produce offered?
No, you are not required to take all quantities or varieties offered.
May I substitute one variety for another?
No substitutions are not allowed so all supporters can benefit.
Do you only accept Cash?
We only accept cash contributions at this time.
How can I find out what varieties of produce you are offering and the locations for the week?
By subscribing to our newsletter or visit our Facebook.
What are the hours for P.O.W.W.O.W.?
November Through March, 8am - 11pm. April and May, 7am - 10am (Hours May Vary). June through Augusut, 6am - 9am, September and October (unscheduled and if produce donations are available), 6am - 9am. Please view the schedule for locations and hours. Hours may vary at each distribution location.
Do I have to show up early?
It is at your discretion, however it is first come first serve.
Are organic produce available?
Is produce available for composting?
Yes, you may request perished produce for composting at the distribution location.