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!

Julie Finlay says volunteering is an important part of her life, so after moving to Athens last year she didn’t waste any time signing on with Athens Food Rescue.

“When I read about Athens Food Rescue, I was eager to get involved,” said Finlay, who is AFR’s Volunteer of the Month for May.

“My most exciting pick-up was 128 pounds from Shively Dining Hall before (Ohio University’s) spring break,” Finlay said.  “Every inch of free space in my car was full! It was so rewarding to deliver the food and know it would not go to waste.”

That is the mission of Athens Food Rescue – reduce food waste and at the same time fight hunger.  Finlay and other volunteers pick up food from local donors and deliver it to charities for distribution to people in need.

“Julie has picked up more than 300 pounds of food,” said Teresa Curtiss, AFR executive director.  “She most recently stepped up when we needed extra help for the large donations we received from OU.”

Finlay is an executive writer for USAA, an insurance and financial services company primarily for military families.  She works out of her Athens home and she also volunteers with the Athens Food Pantry.

In her spare time she enjoys gardening, genealogy, and yoga. She also likes the small town life of Athens and exploring the area.

“I’ve been very impressed with the spirit of giving in Athens,” Finlay said.

The Athens Food Rescue website is at www.athensfoodrescue.com, where anyone interested can get more information and sign up to volunteer.

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.