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!

Zoe Fine Dining is well known in Athens for serving up delicious meals to customers.  The East State Street restaurant is also known by Athens Food Rescue as a regular supplier of food for folks who don’t get enough to eat.

For its generosity, Zoe has been selected for AFR’s Donor Spotlight.

“Zoe was one of the first restaurants we got on board, starting in July of 2015,” said Teresa Curtiss, AFR’s executive director.  “They donate their leftover food to us frozen, once a week.”

“I was approached by (AFR volunteer) Adele Hanson…about donating,” said Scott Bradley, Zoe’s owner, (pictured with chef Alexandra Ziff.) “We were glad to oblige.”

Since 2015 the restaurant has donated over 1,100 pounds of food, which AFR delivers to United Campus Ministry where it’s shared during free meals to the community.

Athens Food Rescue fights hunger in Athens County by collecting from donors and transporting the food to participating non-profit organizations. This also results in less waste going to the landfill.

AFR is an all-volunteer group.  If you’d like to learn more or want to sign up, go to the website – www.athensfoodrescue.com .

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: