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!


Meet our Volunteer of the Month!


Saundra Imhoff is becoming an expert duck wrangler.  For two years now she has helped remove hundreds of plastic quackers from the Hocking River at the end of Athens Food Rescue’s annual Duck Derby.

“We (her husband Dan has assisted, too) helped with removing ducks at the finish line and used (a) canoe as a container for the ducks until they were all scooped out,” said Imhoff.  “We used fish landing nets to scoop out ducks.”

Imhoff is AFR’s volunteer of the month for August.

Imhoff resides in the Logan area but is in the process of moving to Athens.

“We had lived there for 26 years and decided to move to Athens because it is a university town with many assets – interesting social, educational, and recreational activities, a great farmers market, and many of our friends live here,” she said.  “I particularly like the bike path.”

The Duck Derby is a major fund-raiser for Athens Food Rescue, which relies on volunteers like Imhoff to carry out its mission of “Fighting Hunger by Reducing Food Waste.” AFR collects leftover food from local donors and transports it to various non-profit organizations in the area.

The group’s website is www.athensfoodrescue.com.  Anyone interested in getting involved can go there to sign up.

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: