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!

Adele Hanson may be retired but she certainly has not slowed down and Athens Food Rescue is lucky to have her.  She does so much for the organization that making her Volunteer of the Month is hardly sufficient recognition.

Most weeks Hanson works five shifts, picking up donated food and delivering it someplace to feed the hungry.  In addition, she serves as the AFR vice president and often gives talks to various community groups and classes and represents AFR on the Athens County Hunger Task Force.  

Athens Food Rescue fights food insecurity in the area, at the same time diverting food from landfills. Volunteers take food to various participating groups who host free meals for community members and operate food pantries.

“I’m also the food safety trainer for all volunteers,” said Hanson.  “Every volunteer attends a one hour food safety training so I get to meet each of our awesome volunteers.”

This past spring, Hanson initiated a new outreach to Ohio University Greek chapter houses. Many of the larger houses have kitchens.

“I contacted many of the house directors and chefs regarding surplus food at the end of the school year,” said Hanson.  “The response was wonderful. Several hundred pounds of food was picked up and distributed to local nonprofits.”

The retired inspector for the Athens County Health Department has been interested in food insecurity for many years. She’s been with Athens Food Rescue since the beginning of the organization.

Hanson is also involved with several other local hunger initiatives. She coordinates volunteers for a mobile food pantry once a month for Lutheran Social Services at The Plains United Methodist Church and she organizes the CROP Hunger Walk in Athens.

To find out more about AFR or become a volunteer, visit the group’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:

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.