On February 23, Peter Edmunds borrowed a utility trailer to pick up 2,000 pounds of pinto beans donated by Diaz Farms in Deming, NM. As you can see in the photo (above), the huge bag had to be loaded with a fork lift. That’s a lot of beans!
Peter drove the beans to Palomas the next day. Since the Mexican border guards had advance notice, the procedure to cross them was relatively uncomplicated. A crew of five public works employees helped distribute the beans into 40 fifty-pound bags.
Our Palomas team then distributed portions to three elementary schools, a secondary school and the special education school. We also gave bags of beans to the Comedor, a free government lunch program that primarily feeds low income seniors. The health promotoras delivered smaller bags to homebound seniors.
The gift of pinto beans is an especially appreciated gift in Mexico. They’re a very nutritious food, and everyone loves them! This large and generous donation is helping to feed many needy children and families.
Ruben Diaz established Diaz Farms in Deming 50 years ago. But, it is now a family business operated by three his sons, Carlos, Eddie and Sam along with his son-in-law, Art and all of their families. Like many family operations, the business started small. Over the years, Diaz Farms has grown to be a national supplier of New Mexico chile and onions.
Border Partners is grateful for the Diaz family’s generosity! ¡Muchisimas gracias, Amigos!
To view photos of processing and distributing this pinto bean donation, visit our Flickr album.