A woman using a wheelchair holds a Desert Harvest donation receipt in Donut Mart.
Adelante’s program participants collaborate with local businesses to rescue surplus food.

Food waste is a big problem. The USDA estimates that 30-40% of food is wasted. We think that’s especially a shame in New Mexico where almost 18% of families are food insecure, wondering where their next meal is coming from. Adelante continues to help fight hunger with our Desert Harvest food rescue program. Our program participants and other volunteers pick up donated surplus food from local restaurants and stores, and then donate it to local nonprofits feeding people in need. Some of our participants and staff from our Pathways program recently did some food rescue on a Desert Harvest run. Donut Mart and KFC in Rio Rancho generously donated surplus food, which we delivered to St. Felix Pantry. Through runs like this, Desert Harvest rescues 1.3 million meals every year. IF you would like to donate food or finances to support this program, please visit https://goadelante.org/…/hunger-initia…/desert-harvest-home/.