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!

Sometimes students order pizzas from Domino’s and then don’t pick them up. When that happens, Jack Mende makes sure the pizza is not wasted.

The Domino’s store manager sees to it that unclaimed orders are saved and given to Athens Food Rescue so they can be delivered to folks who often don’t get enough to eat.  Mende (pictured) and C.J. Johnson, director of operations, teamed up to make the arrangements.

For this generosity, Domino’s has been selected for AFR’s Donor Spotlight.

“C.J. called us back in December of 2017 and stated he wanted to donate to AFR,” said Teresa Curtiss, executive director of the all-volunteer organization. “We have been picking up every day they have food for us and thus far that has equated to over 1000 pounds.”

“Other restaurants may not realize how easy this program is to donate to,” Johnson said.  “All we have to do is make sure we promptly refrigerate the leftover food and AFR picks it up in the morning, simple as that.”

Johnson added, “I would highly encourage every other restaurant that may have leftovers to reach out to AFR.  It’s a great cause that requires hardly any extra work on our part, and makes a huge impact in the community.”

Athens Food Rescue fights hunger in Athens County by collecting from donors and transporting the food to participating non-profit organizations. This also results in less waste going to the landfill.

If you’d like to learn more about AFR or want to sign up, go to the 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.