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 85 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 30 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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All of these produce markets are open from 9:00am to 12:00pm, unless otherwise mentioned. Every Saturday the Borderlands Food Bank has open produce markets through our Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste program. At these markets, the general public can shop for up to 60lbs of fresh produce, all for a $10 cash donation to support[…]
As part of the Borderlands Food Bank VETs program, Veterans Exact Thanks, every month our 3-foot tall military boot will join a Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste market site. We ask that our supporters help fill the boot with non-perishable donations, all of which will then be donated to a local veterans group. This project[…]
Starting now, every week we’ll be posting a report back from that Saturday’s Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste markets. Thank you to all of you who came out to shop Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste this past Saturday, January 14th. This weekend happened to be one of our biggest markets of the year, with over[…]
This recipe comes to you via POWWOW supporter Heather, and her 7 year old son, Robert. This is definitely going into our ‘must try’ recipes, let us know what you think about it, or share one of your own if you have one! Ingredients: 4oz cream cheese soft 16 oz heavy cream 6 garlic cloves[…]
So many amazing recipe’s to try, this one calls for two things that any regular Produce on Wheels With – Out Waste supporter will definitely have on hand; tomatoes and eggplants! As always, feel free to share your recipe with us in the comments below, we’d love to try new things!! Ingredients for soaking[…]
While searching for recipe’s to share we came across this one, we like it because it’s still pretty simple to prep and get into the oven, but it produces a pretty full meal. Do you have any squash recipe’s you want to share? Ingredients 3 cups of cubed Zucchini 2 cloves chopped garlic 1 medium[…]
We are going to stick to this theme of finding a way to turn all of our produce into a version of fries! Nothing wrong with that, right? Earlier we shared this great recipe for acorn squash fries, and now we have this amazing recipe for baked green bean fries. It seems pretty easy to[…]
A great recipe for Acorn Squash, a good healthy way to eat some fries! Directions Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Break into the squash and clean out pulp. Cut squash into fries. In a mixing bowl, coat fries lightly with olive oil. Season with your favorite spices – a little cayenne pepper or Cajun[…]
Frutas y Verduras en el centro de Nogales, AZ. 12 a 4pm. Frente a Jack in the Box en 215 N. Arroyo Blvd.
¡Hoy! Miércoles 21 de diciembre distribución de frutas y verduras a la comunidad en el centro de Nogales, Arizona. De 12 a 4 pm. En 215 N. Arroyo Blvd. 10 lbs de tomatillo, 10 lbs de ejote, 10 libras de chile verde, 18 calabasitas verdes, 16 chile de bola verde, 5 racimos de Banana/Platano. Por solo $10[…]
Ejotes, tomate y chile verde. Ejemplo de cena Nutritiva y sabrosa gracias al programa Veggies R’Us de Borderlands Food Bank en Nogales, Arizona. ¡Este miercoles, 21 de diciembre! Distribución de frutas y verduras a la comunidad en el centro de Nogales, Arizona. De 12 a 4 pm. En 215 N. Arroyo Blvd. Directamente en frente de[…]