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!

The Athens Food Rescue volunteer of the month is Super Sub Herman Carson. Carson was selected because of all the work that he does and designated Super Sub because he fills in all the time for others.

“He doesn’t have any permanent shifts,” said Teresa Curtiss, Athens Food Rescue executive director.  “He has been really helpful in picking up shifts when other volunteers have gone on vacation or were unavailable.”

Carson joined AFR in August.  Already he’s picked up over 200 pounds of food from 25 different shifts.

“I got involved with AFR because the fact of food insecurity in America, particularly here in Southeastern Ohio and among our Native American population across western states, has always bothered me,” said Carson.  “No one, particularly not children, should have to skip meals or go to bed hungry. Involvement with AFR is a small step to do something about it.”

Athens Food Rescue relies on volunteers such as Carson to carry out its mission of fighting hunger by reducing food waste.

Surplus food from facilities like restaurants and grocery stores is transported to various Athens area non-profit organizations who then distribute it to persons in need.

Anyone interested in getting involved or more information is invited to 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.