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!

Kindred Market has been open for less than a year but the folks there are already making a difference in the community. The grocery store is a regular donor to Athens Food Rescue and for its efforts has been selected for AFR’s Donor Spotlight.

“Even before the Kindred Market opened, the owners had been in touch with us to let us know their interest in donating food,” said Teresa Curtiss, AFR executive director.  “Since August, we have been getting donations every day and so far have been able to deliver 1300 pounds of food to The Gathering Place.”

Kindred Market is a natural and organic foods grocery located on East State Street in Athens.  It’s owned and operated by the Kinnard family, including General Manager Riley Kinnard (pictured.)

“We regularly have excess food, both cafe-prepared items and groceries, and we did not want it to go to waste,” CFO Valerie Kinnard said.  “I’d always heard good things about Athens Food Rescue from both newspaper write-ups and from friends who volunteer, so we were happy to sign on.”

Athens Food Rescue simultaneously fights hunger and reduces food waste.  Volunteers pick up donations and deliver them to local charities.

It’s very easy, according to Kinnard.

“We place the food in a designated spot and a volunteer shows up to grab it,” she said.  “Somebody who needs it gets the food and we get the satisfaction of knowing that we’re doing our small bit to help combat food insecurity.”

For more information, visit the group’s website at 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:

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.