Volunteer

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!

Having staged another successful Rubber Duck Derby, Athens Food Rescue has named event coordinator Michelle Stobart as the group’s Volunteer of the Month.

The annual fund-raising event brought in $5000 for AFR operations and Stobart gets much of the credit.  She not only managed the Derby, she was its founder.

“I had read an article about Athens Food Rescue in the paper and was very excited about what the organization was trying to accomplish, and knew I wanted to get involved,” Stobart said.  “It’s been about four years now since I proposed the idea to (AFR Director) Teresa (Curtiss) as a potential fundraiser.”

The Rubber Duck Derby and Fun Day was a hit from the start.

“Over the years, we’ve continued to grow and fine tune the event, and it has become our biggest fundraising event of the year,” said Stobart, who is the owner/operator of Inhale Yoga, one of the Derby sponsors.

“We greatly appreciate Michelle’s time and creativity with this event,” said Curtiss.  “She has proved herself to be a real asset to our organization.”

Athens Food Rescue fights food insecurity in the area, at the same time diverting food from landfills. Volunteers pick up donated food and drop it off at various places that host free meals for community members.

“What Athens Food Rescue does in providing food that would’ve otherwise gone to waste to organizations that can get it into the hands of people who really need it is something I knew I had to be involved with in some way,” said Stobart.  “It is very important to me to be able to help support their mission.”

If you, too, would like to support AFR, visit the group’s website to find out how – 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.