Food waste is a very real issue in New Mexico. Adelante’s Desert Harvest Food Rescue program was created in 2001 as a way to provide volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities while helping tackle one of New Mexico’s biggest social issues: hunger. The program now rescues 1.6 million meals per year, and individuals with disabilities still make up the largest volunteer base for the program. Several days a week, people participating in Adelante’s Community Options programs in Albuquerque and Valencia County pick up food from donors and deliver it to local nonprofits that serve the hungry. Desert Harvest is a very cost-effective way to fight hunger because the program makes use of an existing but underutilized food source: surplus prepared food from restaurants, hotels, schools, and supermarkets that would have otherwise been thrown away.