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.

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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 day after the 2018 Athens Halloween celebration, Yumi Choe walked out of Domino’s Pizza with 68 pounds of food.  Choe transported the unclaimed leftovers to the United Methodist Church, where they were used to feed needy people who normally don’t get enough to eat.

Choe was doing her shift – something she does most Sundays – for Athens Food Rescue, and for all her efforts, the organization has named her Volunteer of the Month. She said the 68 pounds was the largest donation she’s ever picked up.

“I guess a lot of students wanted to eat pizza (Saturday) night, but didn’t have the follow through to actually pick it up – which is great for us,” said Choe.  “Without AFR, all of this would have gone into the trash.”

Athens Food Rescue collects food contributions from Domino’s and other local donors and delivers it to various non-profit organizations in the area. Choe has been an AFR volunteer since last October.

“AFR gives me a way to help both the food insecure in Southeast Ohio and reduce environmental waste,” she said.  “I love how simple it is and how self-driven it is as a volunteer opportunity.”

When she’s not donating her time to Athens Food Rescue, you might find her out on the water. “I love boating/kayaking/paddle boarding at Strouds,” Choe said.

To learn more about AFR, visit the group’s website –  www.athensfoodrescue.com or check-out the group’s Facebook page.

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: