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!

Selecting the Athens Food Rescue Volunteer of the Month for March was a no-brainer.  It’s Teresa Curtiss, and the reason she was picked is that she’s just been named the winner of the 2019 Women of Appalachia Project Appalachian Advocate Award.

“The award is given yearly to a woman who has dedicated herself to enhancing the well-being of Appalachian culture, Appalachian women’s health, Appalachian families or Appalachian land issues,” according to a news release.

“WOAP is proud to lift up women such as Teresa Curtiss,” said Kari Gunter-Seymour, executive director, Women of Appalachia Project executive director, “women who often go unsung as they go about their work with passion and purpose, knowing what they do is truly for the good of all.”

Curtiss is one of the founders of Athens Food Rescue. The group of volunteers picks up excess food from area restaurants and other sources and redistributes it to feed hundreds of people in need, including residents of Athens’ homeless and domestic-violence shelters.

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

Curtiss will receive her award from WOAP on March 23, during the organization’s 10th Anniversary Gala at Ohio University’s Multicultural Center Art Gallery.  The gala will also include a juried presentation of poetry, story and song, showcasing 20 Appalachian spoken-word women artists from seven states throughout Appalachia and 35 WOAP visual fine artists.

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.