Cause Area

  • Community
  • Hunger


270 W. Produce RowNogales, AZ 85621 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We aim to eliminate food waste by redistributing fresh produce to families in need.


Borderlands Produce Rescue has been in operation since 1994 working with produce distributors along the Nogales, Arizona and Mexico border. Often grocery stores and big-box retailers refuse to buy perfectly healthy produce, which is then routed instead to the landfill. Since the launch of Borderlands, we have worked with hundreds of produce distributors to instead take in all of the fresh fruits and veggies, both protecting our landfills from harmful waste, and ensuring the food is able to get into the hands of the community.

Through our many distribution programs we are able to distribute over 30 million pounds of fresh fruits and veggies every year. Our programs are very limited in traditional funding; we depend on a large contingent of volunteers each week to allow us to host many distribution markets throughout Arizona. With increased demand for help we are in need of volunteers to continue to grow our programs and rescue more produce.


6 reviews Write a review
by Sara L. (April 16, 2024)
The group I volunteered with were friendly, informative, and supportive. Highly recommend
by Keith S. from Mesa, AZ (April 12, 2023)
Borderland Produce Rescue is a great organization and it’s a joy volunteering at their distribution sites around the Valley. It’s great getting to know the staff and other volunteers. Thank you BPR!
by Tammy C. (July 21, 2022)
This is such a blessing - all the volunteers I have worked with have been amazing. Everyone is so kind, helpful and willing to work. Bonus is the produce I get to share as well. I am proud to have this opportunity, to help the community and the environment all at the same time (lets not forget the workout I get too - LOL) I love seeing everyone on Saturdays so happy.
by Just M. (February 9, 2022)
I had an amazing time volunteering in Green Valley. I helped package produce boxes for all of the cars that came by for pick-up. It was really a fun experience; I had no idea so much produce is typically wasted. And we are talking about FRESH produce, like heirloom tomatoes and bags of peppers and squash. Such an amazing program. I am definitely going to volunteer as much as I can!

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