Produce Rescue

Produce Rescue disperses million pounds of fresh produce annually to communities at various sites throughout Arizona.

Produce Rescue engages ASU students in the food waste discussion while increasing the consumption of fresh produce. By volunteering with this program, Sun Devils gain a better understanding of how their food fits within the larger food waste system locally and nationally, identify societal obstacles and implement personal solutions to help address issues related to excess food waste.

Changemaker Central at ASU coordinates the program across all of ASU’s campuses. More than 200 students volunteered nearly 1,000 hours in the 2016-17 school year, saving and redistributing 135,000 pounds of fresh produce, or roughly 206,00 meals, from landfills.


A student from ASU’s West campus, who previously volunteered with the Borderlands Produce Rescue, introduced the program at a student forum with President Crow. Dr. Crow recognized how a partnership with Borderlands would advance ASU’s design aspirations and the potential social, economic, and environmental benefit Produce Rescue would bring to the communities in which ASU serves.

Shop or serve with us at the next rescue

Get 70 pounds of fresh produce for only $12 on the third Saturday of the month. Produce Rescues will be held in Lot 59 of the Tempe campus, the North Zone parking of the West campus, and the House of Refuge in Mesa near the Polytechnic campus.

Assorted produce

Next Borderlands Produce Rescue

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
8–11 a.m.

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