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!

“I think wasting food is a sin,” said Diana Hobden, who works with Athens Food Rescue to keep “sinning” in this area to a minimum.

For her efforts, Hobden has been selected as AFR’s Volunteer of the Month.

“In this country where there is way too much food and huge amounts of food are thrown away, it’s wonderful that some folks have come up with a way to redistribute and make sure that people who don’t have food can have it rather than see it go to a landfill,” Hobden said.

Her personal philosophy puts her right in step with Athens Food Rescue, where the motto is “Fighting Hunger by Reducing Food Waste.” The group collects leftover food from local donors and transports it to various non-profit organizations in the area.

Hobden is retired after working as a nurse practitioner for 30 years. She and her husband moved to the Athens area 15 years ago, relocating from Rhode Island.

She picks up bread and other baked goods from Piggly Wiggly in The Plains every week and drops off for the Nelsonville Food Pantry.

If you, too, would like to get involved, or just find out more about Athens Food Rescue, the group’s website is 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: