Tell Gov. Ducey: Release Emergency Funds to Local Nonprofit that Feeds AZ Families

In March, the Arizona legislature approved $50 million in emergency funds to support housing, small businesses, health care providers, and food bank operations. But Borderlands Produce Rescue, a Nogales-based food bank, was left out.

Borderlands does truly great work for Arizonans and the environment. They divert millions of pounds of fresh produce from landfills and distribute it to Arizona families and farms. Nogales is the USA’s largest entry point for Mexican-grown produce, but too much ends up going to waste. Before COVID-19, Borderlands rescued much of this produce and distributed it at 60 sites throughout Arizona.

Borderlands has been forced to lay off employees and scale back to 28 distribution sites, even as the need for their services has doubled. Meanwhile, 3/4 of the emergency funds remain unspent.

Sign this petition to tell the Governor to release some of the emergency food bank money to Borderlands.


Billy Peard

Democrat for Arizona State House, Leg. District 2