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The Athens Food Rescue Volunteer of the Month has not only worked here but also has had a relationship with a food rescue group in Athens, Greece.  The honor for September for Lisa Trocchia-Baļķīts is fitting for a woman who supports the AFR mission of fighting hunger and reducing food waste.

“I believe every human being has the right to access nutritious food,” said Trocchia-Baļķīts. “I am very grateful for this organization and for the many volunteers and businesses who participate. By building a bridge between the issues of hunger and food waste, AFR is creating a meaningful path that will lead to realizing the goal of good food for all.”

Dr. Trocchia-Baļķīts’s connection with food is wide and deep. She teaches online graduate-level courses for Green Mountain College in Vermont and is engaged with curriculum design for their degree program in Sustainable Food Systems. She also researches and writes about food systems.

She became involved in the local food movement here in Athens and has worn a variety of hats over the years. She was a market gardener at the Athens Farmers Market, a worker/owner at Crumbs Bakery, a chef for a cafe at ACEnet, the owner of a local food-based production and consulting business, Executive Director for Community Food Initiatives, and the co-chair of the Athens Food Policy Council.

She resides in Athens with her husband, Ivars Baļķīts; however, the couple travels regularly to Athens, Greece to visit with Lisa’s sister and family who live there.

It was on one of these visits she became aware of self-organized citizen responses to food waste, and connected with the group called Boroúme.  Trocchia-Baļķīts says that means, “We Can!”

Athens Food Rescue delivers food to various charitable groups and agencies from several generous donors. Persons interested in helping can go to AFR’s 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: