FAQ's

HOW MUCH OF THE MONEY GOES TO PROGRAM?
97 % of the donations are used by the Program in rescuing, distributing and transporting the produce.

HOW ARE THE EMPLOYEES COMPENSATED?
The employees who work directly in the food rescue program are paid by the Program's budget.

IF YOU EXCEED YOUR $300,000 OPERATING BUDGET, WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE EXCESS MONEY?
The additional money should enable us to rescue more produce.

HOW SAFE IS THE PRODUCE?
All the produce are USDA-inspected.

HOW MUCH PRODUCE ARE YOU RESCUING AT THIS TIME?
We have been rescuing an average of 30 million pounds per year over the last five years.

HOW DO YOU DISTRIBUTE THE PRODUCE?
The distribution is made possible with the use of our three semi trucks. The rest of the produce is picked up by the receiving charities and the public that take the greater percentage of the total.

WHAT IS THE TIME FRAME FOR PICKING UP THE PRODUCE?
Given the short shelf life of the produce, we do our best to distribute these produce within the 24- to 48-hour time frame.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE PRODUCE LEAVES ARIZONA?
Last year we had over 32 million pounds of produce. The agencies in Arizona received 11%, direct clients have received 66%, Mexican agencies received 3%, out-of-state agencies received 7% and spoilage amounted to 13%.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE DOING THE REPACKING OF THE PRODUCE?
We have five employees who do these expeditiously since the produce has a faster rate of spoilage.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REPACK THE PRODUCE?
It depends on the percentage of bad produce donated. If the load that is being re-packed is 70% good it would take approximately 4 hours 80% good 3 hours 90% good 2 hours. The type of produce also dictates the time. For example, tomatoes take longer than cucumbers, about twice as long.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT VARITIES OF THE PRODUCE?
We receive different varieties of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers, melons, cantaloupes, beans, zucchini, eggplants corns and watermelons.

DOES THE PRODUCE HAVE BANNED PESTICIDES ON THEM?
Only produce permitted by the FDA to be distributed through US grocery stores are made available.

DO YOU FORESEE A CHANGE IN THE AMOUNT OF PRODUCE BEING RESCUED?
With additional resources, we can rescue an additional ten million pounds of produce every year.

HOW IS THIS PROGRAM GREEN?
The fact that we are preventing over 30 million pounds of good produce from ending up rotting in a landfill and get them to the hungry, hurting families who desperately need them, is what sustainable solutions in the Green Program is all about.

WHERE DOES THE PRODUCE COME FROM?
The produce comes from Mexico and transported to the different produce sheds in Nogales, Arizona. These facilities handle the distribution of the same to the different supermarkets and food warehouses throughout the United States and Canada.

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