Volunteering for a “shift” is easy and fun to do. Typically “shifts” only take less than an hour and you get to meet some of the most generous and grateful people.

Don’t have a car or want to help in a different way? E-mail us and we will apply your skills in other ways to help feed those in need in our community.

Our Funders

We have been able to continue our work thanks in part to grants from these foundations. We could not help feed those in need without support from the community!

Many people know about the Witten Farm Market and especially look forward to the arrival of sweet corn there every summer.  What’s not so well known is that Witten gives away lots of fruits and vegetables to local non-profit organizations.

“Every year we get around 2,000 pounds of produce donated, which then goes to those in need in the Athens area,” said Teresa Curtiss, executive director of Athens Food Rescue.  “Witten is very generous in donating their blemished and past-its-prime produce to us and others in the community.”

For Witten’s contributions, the East State Street produce  stand has been selected for Athens Food Rescue’s June Donor Spotlight.

Curtiss added, “The Witten employees are always so helpful and easy to work with year after year.”

Athens Food Rescue volunteers pick up donations from Witten and other food establishments and deliver it to local charities.  The group’s mission is to fight hunger and at the same time reduce food waste.

“We enjoy being able to help local organizations in as many ways as we possibly can and are honored to help Food Rescue,” said Paige Simons, Witten Farm Market Athens manager.

Why participate in food rescue?

Help the Community

  • 1 in 6 American households are food insecure

  • Contributing to Athens Food Rescue helps feed hungry people in Athens with food that would otherwise go to waste

Improve Your Bottom Line

  • Reduce waste hauling fees

  • Cut costs by developing new waste reduction strategies

  • You may be eligible for an enhanced tax deduction

Bolster Sustainability

  • Food recovery helps reduce food waste, America’s largest waste stream

  • Organic waste emits methane, which is 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide*

  • Source reduction and donating food to feed people are the best ways to reduce food waste

Liability Protection

  • The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act protects all good faith food donors from liability

  • Thousands of businesses, universities, and even the federal government donate surplus food regularly

Learn more about food waste management with these resources:

If you would like to donate to Athens Food Rescue, you can send us a check to:

Athens Food Rescue, 11961 Peach Ridge Road, Athens, Ohio  45701

You can also donate to Athens Food Rescue by giving directly to The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in our name. Gifts to the Athens Food Rescue Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance.  You can find more about how to do this here.