Food donation is one of the major ways to sustain the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. Aside from Food Drives, we have partnered with several farmers, food producers, retail stores and hunters over several years to help feed our clients.
Produce Donation: Produce and local area manufactors who have excess inventory, surplus from test marketing, or product that is cosmetically imperfect, short code dated, or minimally out of specification - if it is product you would make use of for your family, the food bank can use it to feed people.
Produce must meet a grade 2 industry requirments.
Surplus Agricultural Grant Program (SAPGP): Facilitate the donation of surplus product to feed low-income families across Texas. SAPGP offers growers an incentive to donate fresh product that would otherwise be left in the field, by offestting a donor's costs of harvesting and packaging surplus product and supplyg the necessary transportation.
Gleaning Program: Gleaning is the collection of crops from farmers' fields that have already been mechanically harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.
Retail Recovery Program: Perishable food rescue or salvage is the collection of perishable produce from wholesale and retail sources.
Food Rescue Program: Food resuce is the collection of prepared foods from the food service industry.
Hunters for the Hungry
: Hunters bring their tagged, legally harvested deer to a Aguilar Meat Market in Edinburg, Texas. After processing and packaging the meat is picked up and distributed to those in need via food pantry's.
For more information, please contact: Victor Martinez, (956) 682-8101.