Volunteer

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!

Alex Loscko came to Athens to get an education.  He’s now a resident who’s pitching in to make our community a better place and Athens Food Rescue is proud to name him its Volunteer of the Month.

“I got involved with Athens Food Rescue about a year ago,” said Loscko.  “I heard about their initiative online and immediately took interest and wanted to help in any way I could.”

Loscko helps by picking up donated food and dropping it off at various places that host free meals for community members. Ohio University, Dominos and Piggly Wiggly are among the pickup spots.

“I got involved with AFR because food instability is a major issue in this region,” Loscko said. “As a college student who was privileged enough to not face food insecurity growing up, it did not feel just to be inactive when there is so obviously a food insecurity problem in this county and around the state. So getting involved with AFR is a productive way to help my neighbors and fellow community members.”

Loscko is from Columbus and a recent graduate of OU.  He lives on the west side of Athens and works as a line cook at Lui Lui.

“I have a dog named Reggie who I adopted from the Athens County Dog Shelter a little over a year ago,” said Loscko.  “We have formed an indescribable bond.”

Athens Food Rescue fights food insecurity in the area while diverting food from landfills. Trained volunteers like Loscko often work shifts that are simple to do and take less than an hour.

If you’d like to sign up or just learn more about AFR, 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.